In those with spondylolisthesis, a bone within your back will slide forward and cover the bone that lies below it. This typically affects the lower spine and it can cause nerve roots or the spinal cord to become squeezed. The result is back pain along with weakness or numbness in the legs. In some cases, this condition can even cause you to lose control over your bowels or bladder. The most common symptoms are difficulty walking, pain in the buttocks or back, pain running from your lower back to the legs, and pain of the leg, back, or buttocks that worsens when you twist or bend over.
There are numerous potential causes for spondylolisthesis and Dr. Elkanich can typically determine which one is affecting you. The common factor is that at least one of the small joints that connect the bones within your spine will have an issue that allows the bone to move out of position. This may be due to a congenital issue (something you are born with), damage due to trauma, a stress fracture of a vertebra from overuse, or a joint that was damaged by arthritis or an infection.
In addition to diagnosing your spondylolisthesis, Dr. Elkanich can work with you to treat the condition. This begins by stopping you from doing any physical activity that could have caused the damage. You can relieve pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and will need to undergo physical therapy. In some cases, Dr. Elkanich may recommend surgery to remove tissues or bones and release pressure on the nerves or spinal cord or to fuse your bones into position. With Dr. Elkanich’s help, you will experience relief.