Spondylolisthesis is medically defined as a forward displacement of one vertebra over another. The slippage is commonly found within the fifth lumbar vertebra of the lumbar spine region, specifically on the sacrum. The lumbar spine is subjected to the highest amount of stress and pressure as we often perform labor activities such as heavy lifting, twisting, pulling, pushing and more.
This condition is usually caused by a disorder or disease that places high stress/pressure upon the spine, causing one vertebrae to slip over another.
The list below consists of other causes:
- Hereditary or present at birth due to a congenital defect, such as Spina Bifida
- Spondylolysis (the deterioration of the winged-shaped rings located on the lumbar vertebra)
- Trauma or injury (car crash / slip and fall) that damages the joints or discs within the lumbar vertebrae
- Stress fracture (overextension of the vertebrae)
Adolescents and children are susceptible to this condition due to sports or activities that continuously overexert their lower back, especially if they are involved in heavy lifting or gymnastics. Older adults are also susceptible due to wear and tear of the spine that accelerates the degeneration of the lumbar vertebrae.
The list below highlights common symptoms associated with Spondylolisthesis:
- Mild to severe back or buttock pain
- Radiating pain down into the legs, thighs and buttocks with possible aggravation from bending or twisting
- Associated numbness, weakness, tenderness or stiffness in one or both legs
- Limited range of motion
- Difficulty walking due to pain (may need support)
- Loss of bladder or bowel control (rare – seek immediate attention)
Minimally invasive and non-surgical options will initially be prescribed for patients with Spondylolisthesis. Physical therapy and medications are deemed as staple treatments for patients suffering from this condition. Acupuncture may also be recommended to control the pain and other accompanying symptoms. For severe/disabling cases, surgery may be considered – such as a lumbar laminectomy or spinal fusion. Surgery may also be considered if minimally invasive and non-surgical options have failed to improve the patients’ symptoms. However, if this condition is present at birth, then bracing and surgery may also be implemented.
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