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When a Spinal Bone Slips Out of Place

Spondylolisthesis (spon-dl-oh-lis-THEE-sis) is a condition in which a lumbar vertebra – a bone in the lower spine – slides forward or backward and throws the spine out of position. If the dislocation is minor, it might not cause any symptoms, but spondylolisthesis can also put pressure on nerves and cause pain that radiates down the legs and into the feet.

Unlike some degenerative conditions of the spine, spondylolisthesis may affect people of all ages. Children born with spine abnormalities, and young athletes engaged in high-intensity sports may develop this condition. American Pain Consortium uses minimally invasive techniques to alleviate pain and help patients regain mobility and flexibility.

If you have lower back pain with muscle spasms, or pain that radiates into the legs, contact us to request a consultation.

Causes of Spondylolisthesis

People with this condition may have a combination of underlying conditions, such as:

  • Spondylosis (a spinal stress fracture, or dysfunction of the spine)
  • Arthritis
  • Health conditions that cause bone loss, such as Paget’s disease and osteoporosis
  • Spinal disc damage
  • An acute injury

Surgery is rarely necessary to treat spondylolisthesis. Treatment usually begins with rest to relieve spinal pressure. Physical therapists may recommend spondylolisthesis exercises to strengthen the lower back and help realign the spine. Anti-inflammatory medication along with pain-relieving injections or medications may also be part of the overall treatment plan.

Get Help for Spine Pain

Persistent lower back pain and sore/tight leg muscles could be signs of spondylolisthesis. If you have these symptoms, please contact American Pain Consortium to schedule a consultation. Early treatment may help reverse the effects of this condition.

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