Do you have intermittent or chronic back pain that radiates into the buttocks? This is a symptom of spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis. Both of these conditions occur when a vertebra in the lower back experiences a stress fracture. Our doctors at CNS provide spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis treatment options that are non-invasive and minimally invasive, and we only recommend surgery as a last resort.
Spondylolysis is a condition where a small crack forms in the pars interarticularis. The pars interarticularis - Pars interarticularis refers to a small segment of bone that joins the facet joints in the back of the spine. A defect in this portion of the spine leads to a condition called spondylolysis. is a very small portion of bone that connects the facet joints at the back of the spine. This type of crack usually develops in the L5 vertebra but can also sometimes occur in the L4 vertebra.
Spondylolisthesis can occur as a result of spondylolysis. When the stress-fractured vertebra slips forward over the lower vertebra, the condition is then diagnosed as spondylolisthesis and is either labeled as low or high-grade.
Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis are typically caused by overuse, and it’s more common in children and young adults, especially those who play sports that require a lot of overextending of the lower back, like gymnastics, football and soccer, than it is in older adults. However, these conditions can occur at any age and with any level of activity.
The second most common cause of Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis is genetics. It some instances, it has been found that certain individuals may be born with thinner than average vertebral bones, which may be more susceptible to fracture and slippage.
For many individuals, spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis are asymptomatic, or the symptoms are so mild that they are not noticed. For these individuals, spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis may not be diagnosed until digital images are taken of the spine for a different type of injury, like a pinched nerve or suspected herniated disc. For individuals who do have symptoms, the pain may be mild or feel like a sprain or strain of the back. In some instances, the pain may radiate into the buttocks and worsen with prolonged activity. In time if left undetected and corrective measures taken then the symptoms can worsen greatly.
Here at CNS, we offer non-surgical, minimally invasive and surgical options for spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis. Our Providers that treat spondylolysis always strives to treat the condition with non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments before recommending surgery.
Non-surgical spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis treatment is always the first choice of our Providers in all cases.
Out minimally invasive spondylolisthesis treatment options and surgical options are designed to help alleviate your pain so that you can get back to doing the activities you love. Our Providers typically recommend surgery as a last resort.
Our goal is to improve and maintain your overall health by empowering you with an understanding of your condition and wellness plan. We know there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all cure, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your diagnosis.
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