Spondylolisthesis happens when a vertebra goes out of alignment with the spinal column, usually because of degenerative diseases, injuries, unstable joints or spinal abnormalities.
This condition is very common for people who always arch and bend their backs and mostly happens in the lower back known as the lumbar spine.
- Back pain
- Pain that goes along the legs
- Difficulty in body movements
- Pain when bending over or twisting
- Muscle spasms
- Leg weakness
- X-ray – used to detect herniated discs, osteoarthritis and other causes of trauma.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – used to show detailed images of nerve damage or tumors that cannot be seen on an x-ray.
- Computerized Tomography (CT) scan – used to create the spine’s three-dimensional (3D) image
In severe spondylolisthesis conditions, patients undergo surgery to install instruments that would put the vertebra back in place. Patients could also get surgery in order to remove parts (bones, tissues) that are causing pressure on the spinal cord.
The best way to treat spondylolisthesis is by simply preventing it from happening. This can be prevented by keeping a good posture and by having a healthy lifestyle (good diet, regular exercises).
Burak Ozgur, MD treats spondylolisthesis with minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedures that are designed to help you find relief from pain. Learn more about our minimally invasive procedures or request an appointment for consultation by calling (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.