Comprehensive Diagnosis & Treatment of Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis is a common back condition caused when a vertebra shifts out of place. The resulting pain is often experienced as a burning sensation in the back.
One of the first steps in treating spondylolisthesis is determining how the nature of the slipped vertebrae. There are two common types of spondylolisthesis: spondylolytic and degenerative. Identifying which condition you have is important for achieving long-term pain relief.
We Treat Both Types of Spondylolisthesis:
- Spondylolytic spondylolisthesis: Usually develops in early adolescence, especially in young athletes. It is believed to be the result of a stress fracture in the vertebrae that never heals properly. Spondylolytic spondylolisthesis does not go away on its own and can last a lifetime if not treated.
- Degenerative spondylolisthesis: The most common form of the condition, occurring primarily in people over age 60. It is caused by spinal degeneration from natural wear and tear. If not treated, this condition can significantly impair mobility.
Some cases of spondylolisthesis do not manifest symptoms and may never require treatment, but in painful cases, Biscup Spine can diagnose the underlying cause and help prevent further spinal degeneration.
Treatment of Spondylolisthesis
Dr. Biscup can often treat symptoms of spondylolisthesis without surgery by utilizing functional and regenerative medical treatments. When surgery is necessary, Dr. Biscup utilizes minimally invasive micro-decompression laminaplasty when possible. This procedure avoids the more aggressive fusion surgeries that may be necessary for the most severe cases.