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Have you felt a burning sensation in your back? You could be suffering from spondylolisthesis, a common back condition where one vertebra shifts out of place, also known as a slipped vertebra.
At Biscup Spine, we utilize the latest, evidence-based practices to diagnose the root cause of back pain and create a direct, personalized treatment plan. Founding surgeon Dr. Robert S. Biscup personally treats every patient and offers a free MRI review. Contact us today if you need help from an experienced spine expert.
Call (800) 533-7313 to schedule an appointment at Biscup Spine. We offer free MRI reviews.
One of the first steps in treating spondylolisthesis is determining how your slipped vertebrae occurred. There are two common type of spondylolisthesis: spondylolytic and degenerative. Identifying which type of condition you have is important for achieving long-term pain relief.
Biscup Spine treats both types of spondylolisthesis:
- Spondylolytic spondylolisthesis – This form of spondylolisthesis usually develops in early adolescence, especially for 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 – This is the most common form of the condition and mostly occurs in people over age 60. It is caused by spine degeneration over time from natural wear and tear. If not treated, this condition can significantly impair a person’s mobility.
Back pain that runs down the back of one or both legs and makes it difficult to walk could be caused by spondylolisthesis. Some cases of spondylolisthesis do not manifest symptoms and may never require treatment, but for those that do, it is recommended you see a back specialist as soon as possible to prevent further spinal degeneration.
Finding the Best Treatment for Your Condition
Spondylolisthesis can often be treated without surgery. Physical therapy, medication, and pain management techniques are often enough to keep the pain in check. In the event that these treatments fail, Dr. Robert S. Biscup will start walking you through possible surgical treatments.
The preferred surgery for spondylolisthesis is minimally-invasive micro-decompression laminaplasty. This is a treatment for degenerative spondylolisthesis that is stable, meaning it has not yet caused painful symptoms but is likely to cause damage with time. This procedure avoids the more aggressive fusion surgeries that are necessary for severe cases.
At Biscup Spine, we can help you review your treatment options and develop a treatment tailored to your expectations and preferences. Contact us for a complimentary MRI review or call (800) 533-7313.