People with spondylolisthesis turn to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for expert care and treatment. We locate the source of your pain and discuss your treatment optionswith you to find the treatment that fits your needs and lifestyle. Our goal is to get you moving again, without pain.

Spondylolisthesis can make everyday movements painful. But you don’t have to live with the pain. At LVHN, you’ll receive comprehensive care, from a precise diagnosis to advanced treatment and close follow-up. We treat hundreds of patients every year, giving us a high level of skill and experience in diagnosing and treating spondylolisthesis. 

What is spondylolisthesis?

In spondylolisthesis, one bone in your back (vertebra), slides forward over the bone beneath it. This usually happens in the lower spine. The sliding squeezes your spinal cord or nerves. Spondylolisthesis can be caused by:

  • Degenerative disease, especially arthritis
  • Trauma, sports injury or bone disease
  • Birth defect (in children)

Why choose us for spondylolisthesis treatment?

When you come to LVHN, you will find:

  • Customized treatment plan: Some patients experience symptom relief with conservative treatments. Other patients require surgical intervention quickly, to prevent spine damage or complications. Our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons assess you promptly and determine the treatment plan that meets your needs. 
  • Comprehensive care: We provide all the care you need, from your initial evaluation through treatment and rehabilitation. 
  • Surgical expertise: Our expert spinal surgeons perform advanced surgeries, often using minimally invasive procedures for an easier recovery. We use the latest imaging technology to visualize the area during the surgery and ensure the procedure is a success.

Spondylolisthesis symptoms 

You may not experience symptoms at all. If you do, they can range from mild to severe. Symptoms include: 

  • Swayback (lordosis), an abnormal bent posture
  • Roundback (kyphosis), abnormal rounding of the upper back
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle tightness, especially in the hamstring
  • Pain in the thighs and buttocks
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness 
  • Radiating pain in the legs

Spondylolisthesis diagnosis 

We begin the diagnosis with a medical history and physical examination. We typically use imaging scans to confirm a diagnosis.

Spondylolisthesis treatment

Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Back brace

If we determine that surgery will offer you the best results, we will discuss the surgical options with you. Procedures include:

  • Anterior lumbar fusion: Joins the vertebrae through an abdominal incision to ease lower back and leg pain
  • Laminectomy: Removes a portion of vertebral bone
  • Posterior lumbar fusion: Joins vertebrae, through an incision on your back, to ease lower back and leg pain

Advanced Spine Center

If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms, call our Advanced Spine Center. A nurse will discuss your symptoms and medical history with you and direct you to the care provider you need. Get the right care at the right time with just one phone call. Call 888-402-LVHN.

Learn more the Advanced Spine Center.

Physical therapy

Our inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation specialists develop a customized plan to help relieve back pain and other symptoms. Our goal is to help you return to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Learn more about physical therapy options.
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