Degenerative spondylolisthesis (DS) is a condition that can significantly impact your life. It may cause discomfort, back pain, leg pain, and reduced mobility. DS occurs when one vertebra slips forward over the one below it due to the degeneration (erosion) of spinal discs and facet joints.
Finding the appropriate treatment is critical to effectively manage this spine condition. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we are committed to helping you regain control of your spinal health. Our Concierge Team can help answer questions and streamline your appointments.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Although DS can be difficult to manage, there are a number of non-surgical therapy options that can help you feel better and live a better life. These methods are often recommended as the first line of treatment:
Physical therapy plays a pivotal role in managing symptoms associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis. Our highly skilled therapists create personalized exercise programs tailored to your needs.
Your healthcare provider may suggest over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or prescription medications to manage the pain and inflammation associated with DS.
Epidural Steroid Injections
In some cases, epidural steroid injections administered by pain management specialists can provide targeted relief by reducing inflammation in the affected spine segment. These injections can significantly alleviate pain and other symptoms, which improves functionality.
Spinal Surgeries for Treating Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
When conservative treatments do not provide sufficient relief or if the condition progresses to a severe degree, your spine specialist may recommend you undergo spine surgery. Surgical options for degenerative spondylolisthesis may include:
A laminectomy involves the removal of the lamina, or the bony arch of the vertebra, to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. Our skilled surgeons use precise techniques to remove the lamina without compromising the spine’s structural integrity.
This procedure joins two or more vertebrae together using screws, rods, or bone grafts to stabilize the spine and prevent further slippage. Our surgeons tailor the fusion procedure to your specific condition, ensuring optimal spinal stability and alignment.
Artificial Disc Replacement
For some patients, artificial disc replacement can offer an alternative to traditional fusion while maintaining spinal flexibility. Artificial disc replacement can help reduce the risk of increased stress on adjacent spinal segments, which is a concern with traditional spine fusion surgery.
Customized Care Plans for Long-Term Success
Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a condition that requires a personalized approach to treatment. Every patient’s experience can vary significantly, making individualized care plans crucial for long-term success. While initial relief is essential, focusing on your overall well-being is equally important.
Making strategic adjustments in daily activities, such as avoiding heavy lifting or excessive bending, can help prevent further damage and promote long-term stability. Learning proper body mechanics and ergonomic principles can also help you perform daily tasks with less strain on your spine. This includes advice on lifting techniques and workstation setup.
In some cases, wearing a back brace can help stabilize the spine and reduce discomfort, especially when conservative treatments alone are insufficient. Our experts assess each patient individually to determine if bracing is an appropriate component of their treatment plan.
Lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and staying physically active, can improve spine health and reduce the risk of further degeneration. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly deter the progression of degenerative spondylolisthesis.
Regular Monitoring and Follow-Up
Your journey toward long-term success doesn’t end with initial relief. We prioritize ongoing monitoring and follow-up appointments to track your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your care plan.
Take the First Step Towards a Pain-Free Future
At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality care for degenerative spondylolisthesis. Whether seeking non-surgical comfort or sophisticated surgical options, our devoted staff will work with you to identify the best treatment plan to relieve your pain and enhance your quality of life.
Don’t let pain and discomfort prevent you from living the life you deserve. Contact us online or at (866) 553-0612 to schedule a consultation with our experts and take the first step toward a pain-free future.