Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Treatment
The vertebrae in the spine are stacked with spinal discs between them. When the vertebrae deteriorate, they can slip out of place and overlap with connecting vertebrae. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition where a vertebra slips forward onto the vertebra below, usually occurring in the lumbar spine. Our experienced spine surgeons at DOCS Health offer degenerative spondylolisthesis treatment at our orthopedic medical center in Los Angeles.
Causes and Symptoms of Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis can be caused by bone defects and other factors, but when it is degenerative, it is caused by wear and tear on the vertebrae. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is more common in women than men, and the highest risk group for this disease are women over 60.
In the early stages, spondylolisthesis can cause spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column space. This can cause myelopathy and neuropathy symptoms due to pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. Other symptoms of degenerative spondylolisthesis include:
- Sciatica symptoms – pain radiating from the lower back into the buttocks and legs
- Weakness in the legs
- Muscle spasms
- Changes in gait or limping
- Tight hamstrings
Conservative treatments are recommended for mild to moderate cases of degenerative spondylolisthesis. This can include wearing a back brace, physical therapy, using NSAIDs for pain or receiving steroid injections. When conservative treatments are ineffective or the vertebrae has slipped extensively forward, surgery may be required to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
If you have symptoms of degenerative spondylolisthesis or have been diagnosed with this condition, contact the spinal experts at DOCS Health. We can schedule a degenerative spondylolisthesis treatment consultation with one of our neurospine surgeons at our clinic in Los Angeles.