SPINE CONDITIONS: SPONDYLOISTHESIS
The spinal condition, spondylolisthesis, causes one of the lower vertebrae to splip forward onto the bone beneath it. In children and adolescents, this slippage most often happens during periods of rapid growth. Doctors will commonly describe spondylolisthesis as either a low grade or high grade, depending upon the amount of slippage that has happened.*
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The most common symptom of spondylolisthesis is lower back pain. It’s not unusual for a person to develop the lesion (spondylolysis) at a younger age and not have any symptoms until they are in their 30’s. A vertebra might be defective from the time a person is born, or it may have been broken by trauma or a stress fracture. Vertebrae can also be torn down by infection or disease. This spine condition can commonly occur in children and adolescents who actively participate in athletics.*
The main symptoms of Spondylolisthesis include*:
Spondylolisthesis is diagnosed through a 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 physician will examine your range of motion, flexibility, and question you about muscle weakness or neurological symptoms. To complete diagnosis, imagine tests such as an X-ray or an MRI scan can be conducted to either confirm the diagnosis and/or rule out any other causes.*
It’s important to note that Spondylolisthesis is categorized into five major types:
Spondylolisthesis does not always require surgical treatment options. Depending on your specific symptoms and type of spondylolisthesis, non-surgical treatment options may include pain medications and ice or heat application. Generally, there are four categories of treatment plans that patients and their physician may choose from*:
*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.