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How To Cure Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis ... Can it be cured completely and with out surgery? I've been having problems with back misalignment .Thought better it pops hard
May not need surgery: You may not need surgery. It depends on the degree of spondylolisthesis and the amount of "slippage" at the level of concern. It also depends on what level this occurs. You may be able to treat this conservatively with pain control and physical therapy. If there is progressive slippage and neurological symptoms (pain, numbness, weakness) then surgery is more of a consideration. ...Read more
Exam, radiographs: A careful physical may pick it up, but in most cases the deformity is not visible to the eye. Plain radiographs (x-rays) show the slip (spondylolisthesis). If done standing, they can show subtle slips that go away while lying down. Mri and ct are helpful if there are nerve symptoms (like leg pain, numbness, weakness) and if surgery is being considered. Bone scan is sometimes used too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None to varied: There are several types of spondylolisthesis these can have no symptoms to varying types of back &/or leg pain with or without any numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. 70% of the degenerative or acquired type & 90% of the congenital type are treated non operatively, the pain is usually worse with activity & better with rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied: The natural history of spondylolisthesis is somewhat difficult to predict and may be somewhat dependent on the underlying causes of the misalignment. Also the current degree of misalignment and if there is instability also play a part. Core stabilization exercises, physical fitness and weight management are important in maintaining he issue and potentially preventing progression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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