Spondylolysis is a common degenerative disorder of the spine, encompassing arthritis and osteoarthritis of the spinal joints. The majority of people over the age of 50 have evidence of spondylolysis in their spine, but not all have symptoms or pain from their condition. At DOCS Health, our neurospine surgeons offer non-invasive and surgical spondylolysis treatment at our medical center in Los Angeles.
Symptoms of Spondylolysis
Spondylolysis is generally caused by wear and tear on the spinal joints, which leads to inflammation (arthritis) and other degenerative conditions. The vertebrae and cartilage may begin to break down; ligaments stiffen and intravertebral discs become flat and brittle. This combination of degeneration can result in pressure on nerve roots and even the spinal cord. Some symptoms of spondylolysis include:
- Localized pain in the neck or back
- Radiating pain into legs, arms or extremities
- Numbness or weakness
- Loss of bladder control
- Differences in balance or gait
Spondylolysis treatment for neurological symptoms focuses on relieving inflammation and pressure on the nerves. This can include injection therapy, physical therapy and interventional pain management treatments. When conservative or non-invasive treatment is ineffective in relieving symptoms, surgery may be recommended.
Spondylolysis surgery focuses on relieving pressure on the nerves through accurate diagnostic methods to determine the source of nerve compression. Repairing vertebrae, spinal discs and ligaments that are interfering with nerve function can be effective in relieving chronic pain and severe symptoms of spondylolysis.
If you have been diagnosed with spondylolysis or have symptoms of this condition, contact our experienced neurospine specialists at DOCS Health. We offer advanced options in spondylolysis treatment at our orthopedic and spine clinic in Los Angeles.