Integrated Spine and Pain Services
Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Northern Virginia, Falls Church, VA & Alexandria, VA
If you suffer from low back pain, numbness, or stiffness, spondylolisthesis might be to blame. At Integrated Spine and Pain Services in Alexandria, Falls Church, Virginia interventional pain management specialist Diana Lam, PA-C, provides numerous conservative and advanced treatments that offer you relief. Schedule an appointment over the phone or request online to learn more.
Spondylolisthesis Q & A
What is spondylolisthesis?
If you suffer from low back pain, numbness, or stiffness, spondylolisthesis might be to blame. At Integrated Spine and Pain Services in Falls Church and Alexandria, Virginia, interventional pain management specialists Daniel Kline, MD, and Diana Lam, PA-C, provide numerous conservative and advanced treatments that offer you relief. Schedule an appointment over the phone or book online to learn more.
What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis can cause the following symptoms:
- Low back pain
- Stiffness in your back
- Leg muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling
- Radiating pain
You might not experience symptoms at all with mild cases of spondylolisthesis. But if you do, and symptoms are severe or long-lasting, see the Integrated Spine and Pain Services team for an evaluation.
What causes spondylolisthesis?
Numerous conditions can contribute to spondylolisthesis. Examples include age-related wear and tear, arthritis, bone diseases, birth defects and spinal injuries like stress fractures. Participating in certain sports, such as gymnastics, football, and weightlifting, as well as overuse can increase your risk of developing spondylolisthesis.
How is spondylolisthesis diagnosed and treated?
To diagnose spondylolisthesis, your Integrated Spine and Pain Services provider asks you about your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and completes a physical exam. They might use X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to make a final diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
To treat spondylolisthesis and relieve pain, your Integrated Spine and Pain Services specialist might recommend:
Conservative treatments include resting from physical activity, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, and icing or applying heat to affected areas.
Physical therapy helps relieve spondylolisthesis pain naturally, by strengthening back muscles and minimizing spinal bone movement.
Your provider might recommend epidural steroid injections to alleviate inflammation and pain.
In severe cases of spondylolisthesis, surgery is needed to reduce pain and restore spinal function. Your Integrated Spine and Pain Services specialist can evaluate to determine if a surgical evaluation is warranted.
Don’t let spondylolisthesis pain prevent you from staying active or enjoying life. Schedule an appointment with Integrated Spine and Pain Services by phone or online today.
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