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Spondylosis Specialist

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Pain Management & Pain Medicine located in Tucson, AZ & Southern Arizona

Spondylolisthesis affects people in different ways. While some may have no symptoms or limitations due to spondylolisthesis, others may live with chronic pain or ongoing muscle spasms. The Pain Institute of Southern Arizona offers nonsurgical treatment options to alleviate pain and other symptoms of spondylolisthesis at offices throughout Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Safford, Benson and Willcox, Arizona. You can also visit Regional Pain Institute in Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, and Gilbert, Arizona, a division of the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona. Call the office or book a consultation online to learn more about treating spondylolisthesis.

Spondylosis Q & A

What is spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition that develops when vertebrae in your lumbar spine, or lower back, slips out of place. The vertebrae can slide forward, changing the shape of your spine.

This movement of the vertebrae can result in excess pressure on the spinal nerves, causing nerve irritation, inflammation, and chronic pain.

What causes spondylolisthesis?

There are a number of reasons you may develop spondylolisthesis. For some, spinal defects that are present from birth interfere with the structure of the spine.

You can also develop spondylolisthesis due to an overuse injury called spondylolysis, which is a stress fracture to the vertebrae, often from repetitive movements and participating in high-impact sports.

As you get older, your risk for spondylolisthesis increases due to degenerative diseases, like arthritis. Age-related disc degeneration can also cause spondylolisthesis complications.

What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?

The symptoms of spondylolisthesis can differ from person to person. In some cases, you can have the condition without experiencing any symptoms at all.

When symptoms do appear, you may have frequent pain in your lower back that spreads into your legs and feet. Additionally, muscle spasms in your legs may occur with spondylolisthesis.

Other common symptoms of spondylolisthesis include:

  • Back stiffness
  • Limited mobility
  • Leg weakness or numbness

If left untreated, spondylolisthesis can lead to permanent nerve damage that results in chronic pain, which needs surgical intervention.

What treatment options are available for spondylolisthesis?

Your treatment plan takes into account the severity of your condition. Your physician at Pain Institute of Southern Arizona performs a physical evaluation of your spine and may request imaging tests, such as X-rays, to evaluate the extent of your condition.

Initially, you can try rest and the use of a back brace to stabilize your spine and relieve pain. You also may need prescription or over-the-counter medications to control pain.

Physical therapy exercises are beneficial for pain relief and can also improve your flexibility and reduce episodes of muscle spasms.

If you’re frustrated by limited mobility in your back or weakness in your legs, request a consultation for an assessment to see if you have spondylolisthesis or another back condition. You can request an appointment online or by calling the office nearest you.

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