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Lumbar Spondylolisthesis Overview:
Lumbar spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition where one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it in the lumbar (lower) spine.
Causes of Lumbar Spondylolisthesis:
Typically occurs due to aging and degeneration of the spinal discs and joints.
Result of a stress fracture in the pars interarticularis, a small piece of bone connecting the facet joints.
Signs and Symptoms:
Lower Back Pain:
Common, especially during movement.
Leg Pain (Sciatica):
Radiating pain into the buttocks and legs.
Often in the hamstrings.
Changes in Gait:
Altered walking pattern due to pain and instability.
Diagnosis and Evaluation:
Assessment of symptoms, physical function, and neurological signs.
X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to visualize the degree of slippage and assess spinal stability.
Physical therapy and exercises to improve core strength and stability.
Medications for pain management.
Bracing to provide support.
Epidural steroid injections for pain relief.
Facet joint injections to alleviate inflammation.
Physical therapy for targeted rehabilitation.
For severe cases or when conservative measures are ineffective.
Procedures may include spinal fusion or laminectomy.
NYPMD Specialists for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis:
Specialized evaluation by NYPMD neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons outside New York.
Expertise in managing lumbar spondylolisthesis through various treatment modalities.
Collaborative approach with physical therapists and other specialists for comprehensive patient care.
What You Can Expect at NYPMD for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis:
Thorough assessment to determine the degree of spondylolisthesis and associated symptoms.
Personalized treatment plans based on diagnostic findings and individual needs.
Conservative or interventional interventions for effective pain relief and stabilization.
Comprehensive care and support for improved lumbar function and overall well-being.