Spondylolisthesis

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Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that usually affects the lower spinal vertebrae. This disease is caused by one of the vertebrae to slip forward on the vertebrae immediately below it. This is a painful but treatable condition. In some cases, this may lead to the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots becoming compressed.

Common causes include:

• Trauma to spine during adolescence or teen years, often seen in those involved with very physical activities such as weightlifting, gymnastics, or football

Symptoms:
• Pain in the low back
• Difficulty walking
• Increased lordosis (sway back)
• Pain or weakness in one or both legs
• Tight hamstring musculature

Treatment:

  • Physical therapy: Stabilization exercises are the mainstay of treatment. These exercises strengthen the abdominal and/or back muscles, minimizing bony movement of the spine. Generally, 8 to 12 weeks of aggressive daily treatment with stabilization exercises are needed to achieve improvement.

  • Surgery: Surgery might be necessary if the vertebra continues to slip or if the pain is not relieved by conservative treatment and begins to interfere with daily activities. The main goals of surgery for spondylolisthesis are to relieve the pain associated with an irritated nerve, to stabilize the spine where the vertebra has slipped out of place, and to increase your ability to function.

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