The slippage that occurs in Spondylolisthesis can often irritate or pinch surrounding spinal nerve roots and produce symptoms such as tenderness, stiffness, pain, or numbness in the lower back or buttocks and weakness in one or both legs. Frequently, symptoms range from non-existent to mild, with an intermittent shock of shooting pain down the back of the leg.
Methods of Diagnosis
Typically, a medical exam and X-rays are used to diagnose the condition. In more difficult cases, other imaging tests such as MRI and CT scans may be used to pinpoint the problem area(s) and guide treatment.
Methods of Treatment
Because the scope of both the problem and symptoms can vary so widely, treatment can range from physical therapy and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to a rigid back brace and, occasionally, even surgery. For those considering surgery, several minimally invasive surgical procedures are available—including an advanced lumbar spinal fusion procedure called OLLIF (oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion) Outpatient Back Surgery.
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