The treatment of Spondylolisthesis (spon + dee + lo + lis + thesis) may vary depending on the severity of the patient's condition and underlying causes, as well as patient's age, they type of Spondylolisthesis and the symptoms the patient is experiencing.
In the case of a small slip where the symptoms are manageable, then we may opt for a conservative treatment that includes modified activity, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications as well as pain medications or possible epidural steroid injections by one of our pain management experts.
When the slip is more significant, surgery may be recommended as there may be a risk of the problem progressing. Patient with nerve pain from compression would benefit from surgery as nerves can become permanently damaged if there is prolonged compression of the nerve. The type of surgery depends on the type cause of the Spondylolisthesis as well as whether or not there is nerve damage or pain. Our experts at SCCNS evaluate each patient on a case by case basis to determine the most beneficial path for treatment.