Spondylolisthesis

Republic Spine and Pain

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX & Georgetown, TX

Spondylolisthesis is an agonizing spine problem that leads to severe lower back pain, muscle stiffness, and even radiating electrical sensations. If you have a history of spondylolisthesis or are starting to experience symptoms, schedule an evaluation at Republic Spine and Pain in Austin or Georgetown, Texas. The board-certified pain management physicians can help you get relief from your symptoms, no matter how minor or how severe they may be. Book your spondylolisthesis evaluation online or call either clinic to speak with a team member directly.

Spondylolisthesis Q & A

What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition that causes one of your vertebrae in your lower back to slip out of place. Rather than resting in proper alignment, the affected vertebra moves forward onto the bone underneath it, which causes nerve and connective tissue compression, as well as friction between bones.

When you have spondylolisthesis, you’re likely going to experience chronic lower back (lumbar) pain. Depending on the severity of your condition, you might also notice: 

  • Tight hamstrings
  • Lower back and leg stiffness
  • Stiffness or soreness in your buttocks

Because of the pressure on nerve roots, you may even suffer from radiating pain that shoots down your legs.

Why do I have spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis can affect both children and adults to varying degrees. In children, for example, there is often a link between spondylolisthesis and a birth defect or even an injury. If the condition runs in your family, that also elevates your risk.

But you can develop spondylolisthesis at any point in life due to:

  • Sports injuries
  • Spondylolysis, or fracture of a vertebra
  • Rapid growth spurts (common during adolescence)

It’s also possible to suffer from spondylolisthesis because of vertebrae damage due to serious infections. No matter what’s causing your spondylolisthesis, or how minor or severe your symptoms could be, you have options for relief at Republic Spine and Pain.

Is there an effective treatment for spondylolisthesis?

Yes! One of the most effective spondylolisthesis treatments offered at Republic Spine and Pain is the Vertiflex® Superion® procedure. This minimally invasive treatment involves placing a rubbery artificial disc spacer into the space between affected vertebrae. The Superion device keeps your vertebrae separated, which decreases friction between bones, as well as pressure on nerves.

Your dedicated physician at Republic Spine and Pain may also recommend:

  • A back brace
  • Spine injections 
  • Physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

The goal of your spondylolisthesis treatment plan from Republic Spine and Pain is to minimize pain and to prevent the progression of the condition, so you can restore your quality of life. 

Book your spondylolisthesis evaluation at Republic Spine and Pain directly through the website. You can also call the office nearest you directly to schedule an appointment.