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what is the best way to treat cervical spondylolisthesis?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Neck pain is best treated with therapy, exercise (isometric, aerobic), sometimes medication. If there are nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, pain) in the arms, other treatment may be needed.
Answered on Dec 31, 2014
Dr. Mehul Desai
18 years experience Pain Management
Depends: This depends on the severity of the misalignment or if there is instability. Mild disease can be treated with cervical stabilization, posture correction, strengthening and range of motion exercise. Medications and cortisone injections may facilitate physical therapy. Severe disease may require surgery.
Answered on Sep 13, 2013
Dr. Prem Gupta
47 years experience neurology
Sometimes surgery: If neurological symptoms are present and progressive in spite of conservative treatment, then surgical treatment could help.
Answered on Oct 30, 2013
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