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What is Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is when a vertebra slips forward and becomes misaligned with the vertebrae below it. It happens most frequently in the lower back but is also known to happen near the neck, in the cervical spine.

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Causes of Spondylolisthesis

The causes of Spondylolisthesis include:

  • Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis
  • Injuries and Accidents
  • Complications from another disease

Types of Spondylolisthesis

There are five different subsets of Spondylolisthesis that have been identified

  • The most common is Isthmic. It most often manifests in people ages 6 to 16 but is also common in adults
  • Then there is degenerative. Degenerative Spondylolisthesis frequently occurs in older adults
  • The third kind is traumatic Spondylolisthesis. It is brought on by an injury
  • Pathological Spondylolisthesis is caused by diseases such as cancer
  • Last but not least, Dysplastic Spondylolisthesis. It occurs at birth and is rare

More Information About Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a very common problem with approximately 5% of the population of the U.S. being affected. The severity of the Spondylolisthesis is graded on a one to four scale that is based on how much the individual disc has slipped. When a vertebrae comes completely off the vertebrae beneath it, it is known as 100% Spondylolisthesis.

Some scientists believe that Spondylolisthesis has a genetic link.

Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis

The most common symptoms of Spondylolisthesis are back pain, stiffness in the lower back, and changes in posture. Other symptoms can include:

  • Tenderness around the affected area
  • Shooting back pains
  • Radiating pain in the legs
  • Troubling changing from a sitting to a standing position

Activity can make symptoms worse.

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Diagnosis And Treatment of Spondylolisthesis

Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics is the place to go to treat your Spondylolisthesis. Once you have undergone a physical examination and appropriate diagnostic testing, Dr. Joshua Rovner will be able to recommend the right treatment plan for you.

Depending on the severity, type of Spondylolisthesis, and several other factors a personalized treatment plan will be offered. It may include exercise, some daily lifestyle changes, and pain management. In more severe cases or in cases where other options have failed to provide relief, surgery is a good option to relieve the pain.

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As an award-winning New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Joshua Rovner delivers comprehensive treatment for Spondylolisthesis, with both surgical and non-surgical options. Board certified to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Rovner is among few spine surgeons in NJ with depth of experience and expertise for treatment of spinal conditions along with advanced and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. Schedule a consultation today and contact us.

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If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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