Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: A Rundown

If you happen to suffer from serious back pain that lasted for a long period of time and decided to get it checked out only to discover that you have degenerative spondylolisthesis, then you are probably confused, scared and have a lot of questions like what it is, what you can do to live with it, and possible treatment options for degenerative spondylolisthesis etc. So, we are going to do a quick rundown over what this exactly is and how you can cope with it. Now, dealing with any sort of chronic condition can have a major impact over how you live your life and go about your daily activities, so in order to make the transition easier, you should go to a counselor to help you deal with emotional stress that this will have on you.

Now, degenerative spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition where a vertebra of your spine has managed to slip over on top of the vertebra that is below it. This is usually caused by congenital problems, stress/physical trauma, and a progression caused by advanced degenerative disc disease. This is considered to be a consequence of the aging process, and start becoming apparent in people over 50 years of age, and more commonly on people that are above 65.

When it comes to treatment options, you can choose to go either the non-surgical or the surgical route. Non-surgical treatment requires you to go to physical therapy, take a number of medicines and injections to ease the pain, and restriction of unnecessary movement.

Surgical treatment will involve spinal restoration surgery where the surgeon will help adjust your spinal alignment once again, implant a spacer between the two vertebra to create distance between them and increase the disc height. This is a very extensive procedure that not everyone can qualify for.