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Spondylolisthesis 2017-04-11T14:24:36+00:00

What is Spondylolisthesis?

 

Spondylolisthesis is a condition of the spine when a bone in the spine called a vertebra slips forward out of place. The term comes from the Greek for “spine,” spondylos, and for “to slip,” listhesis. It’s pronounced “spon-dee-low-lis-thee-sis.”

The more common causes are congenital, isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis. The congenital form is due to a birth defect affects bone formation or growth, which can make someone more prone to developing the congenital form of spondylolisthesis. Athletes, children and anyone participating in strenous acticity may develop stress fractures which weaken the vertebrea a dn may leading to isthmic spondylolisthesis. As someone ages, changes can occur in the spinal discs and make them less able to control the movement of vertebrae, which can result in degenerative spondylolisthesis.

What You May Be Feeling

Spondylolisthesis can cause lower back pain

Lower Back Pain

Spondylolisthesis can cause bladder control issues or pain

Bladder Control Issues or Pain

Spondylolisthesis can cause shooting pains

Shooting Pains

Spondylolisthesis can cause tenderness

Tenderness

Spondylolisthesis can cause leg numbness

Leg numbness

Spondylolisthesis can cause leg weakness

Leg Weakness

Sometimes there are no symptoms in patients with spondylolisthesis. When symptoms do exist, the most common is back pain, usually in the lower back. Sometimes, the pain may radiate down the legs, or even feel like a tight or pulled hamstring. If the slipped vertebra is pressing down on a nerve, there may be pain, numbness, or tingling in the leg or foot.

Potential Treatment Options

Laminectomy

Laminectomy

A very common procedure that removes a portion of what is known as a the lamina in order to create space in the area affected by the bulging disc.

Laminotomy

Laminotomy

A spinal decompression surgery where only a very small portion of the lamina is removed to remove pressure on the nerves and spinal cord to relieve pain

ACDF

ACDF

Removes the damaged disc in the neck, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant.

Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar Fusion

Removes damaged disc from the lower back (lumbar spine), and fuses two vertebrae together with a reinforced implant to create much needed support.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio Frequency Ablation

Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the trouble nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain.

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