New York Spine Institute is committed to providing our Degenerative Spondylolisthesis patients with the highest level of care and personalized treatment. Our offices span throughout the Greater New York City area and are staffed with board-certified health care professionals to help you get your health back on track.


The team of specialists at New York Spine Institute are some of the best back and neck doctors, surgeons, and physical therapists in the industry. Our multiple offices are located around the Greater New York City area, offering our clients the freedom to choose which is most convenient for them. The NYSI strives to provide high quality care for neck and back pain at an affordable price, every step of the way.

NEW YORK CITY & LONG ISLAND’S TOP DOCTORS FOR Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Degenerative spondylolisthesis means “slipped vertebral body” in Latin, and is diagnosed with a spinal vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below. This commonly happens as the fact joints age and subsequently allow too much flexion.

The physicians at New York Spine Institute are board-certified orthopedic surgeons specializing in surgery of the spine and spine-related disorders. Our board-certified health care professionals are committed not only to the initial diagnosis and plan of action, but the follow-up treatment as well. We have numerous office locations throughout Greater New York City, Long Island, and Westchester areas for your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and receive a free consultation.

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Quality Care

Part of New York Spine Institute’s mission is to provide each and every one of our clients with the highest quality care by top professionals. Our patients come to us with different symptoms, medical histories, and daily lifestyles.

Industry Leaders

The NYSI’s team of physicians, led by medical director Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS,  are industry leaders specializing in all neck and back disorders.

Multiple Languages

In order to live up to our mission of providing personalized care, the NYSI is proud to offer our patients a staff competent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian.

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Understanding the Causes Of Your Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a consequence of the natural aging process that occurs in our spine as we grow older, causing the bones, joints, and ligaments to become weak and lose the ability to hold the spinal column together. The disease generally occurs at one of two levels of the lumbar spine, which is in the lower back.

This condition is more common in individuals over the age of 50, and is even more common in those over the age of 65. Additionally, degenerative spondylolisthesis is 3x more common in females than in males.*

The main symptoms of degenerative spondylolisthesis include:

  • Lower back and/or leg pain
  • Sciatic pain (an aching in one or both legs), or a tired feeling in the legs are long periods or standing or walking
  • Tight hamstring muscles
  • Decreased flexibility in the lower back
  • Difficulty and pain with extending and arching the back backwards
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Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS

Cervical Lumbar Spine Specialist, Medical Director
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Diagnosing Your Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is diagnosed through a typical three step process, and it’s important that your diagnosis comes from a board-certified spine specialist. This process starts with an overview of your past medical history, followed by a review of the symptoms you’re currently experiencing. The next step is a physical examination, where a New York Spine Institute physician will examine for physical symptoms such as range of motion, flexibility, and any muscle weakness or neurological symptoms. To complete diagnosis, imagine tests such as an X-ray or an MRI scan will be conducted to either confirm the diagnosis and/or rule out any other causes.

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Peter Passias, M.D.

Cervical, Lumbar, Adult & Pediatric Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Specialist
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Treatment Options For Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Degenerative spondylolisthesis does not always require surgical treatment options. Depending on your specific symptoms, non-surgical treatment options may include pain medications and ice or heat application. Generally, there are four categories of treatment plans the patient and their physician may choose from:

  • Activity modification that may include a short period of rest, avoiding standing or walking for long periods, avoiding active exercise, and avoiding activities that require bending backwards.
  • Manual manipulation performed by a trained health professional to reduce pain by mobilizing painful joint dysfunction
  • Epidural injection, typically received by patients suffering from severe leg pain, which are effective in increasing function by up to 50%.
  • Surgery is rarely needed, but may be considered if the pain is disabling and interferes with daily life. Surgery also helps patients experiencing progressive neurological deterioration.

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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Angel Macagno, M.D.

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