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Spondylolisthesis and Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment

Spondylolisthesis refers to the anterior (forward) or retro (backward) displacement of a bone present in the vertebral column. This displacement can lead to the misalignment of vertebral bones, this is not like a herniated disc, but the condition can coexist. In spondylolisthesis, usually bony vertebra slips while in herniated disc, soft interior of the spinal disc slips, in some cases it bulges through a tear in the disc’s outer layer. The spinal deformity is of different types such as degenerative spondylolisthesis, pathogenic, congenital, and traumatic

and results in lower back pain. Among children, it is a result of traumatic injury or birth defect and in adults, it is a result of natural wear and tear because of aging and arthritis. Dr. Charla Fischer states that the symptoms of spondylolisthesis vary in severity depending on the cause and location of the injury. Symptoms include: ● Mild to severe back pain ● Tenderness around slipped disc area ● Muscle tightening or spasms ● Stiffness on the back ● Weakness in legs and feet ● Pain in thighs and buttocks Spondylolisthesis treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. Dr. ​Charla Fischer first recommends non-surgical treatments such as mild exercises, massages, heat therapy and anti-inflammatory medication for reducing pain. Read More