The word “spondylolisthesis” comes from the Greek word spondylos, which means “spine” or “vertebra,” and listhesis, which means “to slip or slide.” Therefore, it’s easy to figure out that spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebra slips out of place and onto the vertebra below it. The condition typically affects the vertebra of the lower back. If the vertebra slips too far, it may press on a nerve, which will cause pain.
The three most common forms of the condition are:
Less common are:
Symptoms of spondylolisthesis include:
For many patients, non-surgical treatment is successful in relieving their pain. These treatments may include pain medication or NSAIDs, oral steroids, heat/ice application, and/or physical therapy.
If non-surgical treatment doesn’t prove effective in relieving pain, surgery may be recommended. BSSNY offers several surgical options, including minimally invasive ones.