Spondylolisthesis and Spondylosis

Spondylolisthesis and spondylosis are conditions that stem from aging of the spine that can that lead to misalignment in the patient’s back, affecting comfort and mobility. Spondylosis refers to the aging itself; spondylolisthesis is the slippage of the vertebrae that occurs as a result.

Our skilled physicians and providers at the Clinical Neuroscience Institute Spine and Back Center are trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of spondylolisthesis and spondylosis. Our team is committed to treating you and returning you to your day-to-day routine. 

What is Spondylolisthesis and Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is aging of the spine that is commonly found in the lower back. This can cause some displacement of the bone and/or connecting vertebrae, a condition called spondylolisthesis. The shifting can put pressure on surrounding nerves, causing symptoms and affecting other parts of the body.

The cause is thought to sometimes be genetic, in that the patient has inherited a thin bone structure or a likelihood of rapid growth periods. It may also be caused by physical activity or sports participation, putting stress on the vertebrae and leading to a fracture. 

Symptoms may include spasms, aches, the feeling of a strained muscle, or lower back pain.

Diagnosing Spondylolisthesis and Spondylosis

A physician may ask a patient about his or her symptoms and physical activity, and conduct a physical examination and a review of the patient’s medical history. Imaging tests such as X-ray are helpful in detecting a fracture or slippage. If the physician suspects that the condition is affecting nerves, he or she may order further imaging tests such as title=magnetic resonance imaging;healthinfo=Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (MRI).

Treatment for Spondylolisthesis and Spondylosis

Non-invasive treatment for spondylosis and spondylolisthesis is utilized first. The patient may have to refrain from certain types of physical activity and be prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to ease discomfort. In other cases, a back brace paired with physical therapy may be recommended. A gradual return to normal physical activity is typically involved.

In severe cases, or instances in which non-invasive treatments are ineffective, surgery may be done. The surgeon may perform a spinal fusion or install a spinal implant to correct the problem.