Spondylolisthesis (Slipped Vertebrae) Treatment in Princeton & Staten Island
What is spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae)?
Spondylolisthesis, commonly referred to as a slipped vertebrae, is a spinal disorder wherein one vertebra slips out of place and onto the vertebra below it. A slipped vertebrae can sometimes put pressure on nerves surrounding the spine, causing back pain, neck pain, numbness or muscle weakness. In most cases, spondylolisthesis occurs in the lumbar region of the spine (lower back) or cervical region of the spine (neck). If you require slipped vertebrae treatment, schedule an appointment with New Jersey Spine Surgeons in Princeton and Staten Island. Our spondylolisthesis doctors and specialists can diagnose your spinal condition and provide treatment to restore your spinal health.
What causes a slipped vertebra?
Spondylolisthesis can be the result of a variety of causes, which may include:
- Genetic predisposition (when found in children)
- Overuse / stress fracture in one of the vertebrae (spondylolysis)
- Arthritis and loss of disc elasticity (when found in older adults)
- Sudden injury, leading to a broken vertebra
- Diseases or tumors that weaken the spine
Slipped vertebrae are more common in individuals who participate in sports or physical activities that place stress on the spine, such as gymnastics and football.
What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the condition and the individual. The most common symptoms associated with a slipped vertebra include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Pain in the legs, thighs, and buttocks
- Tightness in the muscles
- Decreased range of motion
- Symptoms that worsen when walking, standing or performing physical activities
- Numbness or tingling
In some cases, you may experience no symptoms with a slipped vertebra.
How is spondylolisthesis diagnosed?
If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be indicative of spondylolisthesis or if you believe you may be suffering from this condition, it is important to seek proper evaluation from a spine specialist. At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, our spondylolisthesis doctors will evaluate your symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis following a physical examination, medical history, and any necessary imaging. An X-ray, MRI, or CT scan may be recommended to determine the severity of the condition and to detect any nerve-related issues.
What does spondylolisthesis treatment involve?
Often times, our orthopedic spine doctors at New Jersey Spine Surgeons will advise conservative treatment methods for spondylolisthesis, because in many cases, conservative slipped vertebrae treatment may prove effective at improving symptoms. Treatment options depend on each patient’s needs and symptoms, and may involve:
- Taking pain medications, either over-the-counter or prescription medications depending on the level of pain
- Undergoing physical therapy
- Wearing a back brace
- Getting a cortisone injection
When conservative treatment methods do not improve your condition, doctors at New Jersey Spine Surgeons may recommend spondylolisthesis surgery to reduce pressure or stabilize your spine. Slipped vertebrae surgery options that may be recommended include:
Cervical (Neck) Spondylolisthesis Surgery Options
Lumbar (Lower Back) Spondylolisthesis Surgery Options
- Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
- Minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
- Oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF)
- Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)
- Axial fusion
If you believe you may be suffering from spondylolisthesis, the first step is scheduling an evaluation with an experienced spine specialist and spondylolisthesis doctor. At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, we are dedicated to the preservation of motion and function through the latest minimally invasive spine procedures and treatments. Call (844)-7-NJSPINE today or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation at our Princeton and Staten Island offices.