Spondylolisthesis and Spondylolysis

Spondylolisthesis is easily diagnosed on a lateral lumbar x-ray and if the condition is accompanied with pain down the legs or severe pain in lower back, an MRI may be necessary to determine how the nerves are being affected. A CT scan could also be utilized to better visualize the bony structures.

The initial treatment following diagnosis of spondylolisthesis involves rest and avoiding aggressive sports, reducing inflammation and strengthening the core muscles to provide better support for the spine. In addition, there is a chiropractic technique that involves using gentle pressure over the stomach and the anterior pelvis to help repositioning the vertebrae backwards. This technique requires the use of a specialized drop table. Spinal decompression may also be utilized to help reduce the symptoms associated with this condition and assist in opening up the foramen or hole for the nerves exit.

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