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How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically treated?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends!

Unless symptoms are severe, most can be treated by core strengthening exercises, medications.
Surgery can help if simple measures fail and pain interferes with normal activities.

In brief: Depends!

Unless symptoms are severe, most can be treated by core strengthening exercises, medications.
Surgery can help if simple measures fail and pain interferes with normal activities.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Majority non op

Common types: congenital which occurs in 6% of the population & is treated without surgery 90% of the time with occasional use of otc medication, bracing & activity modification along with core strengthening exercises, flexibilty routines & cardio ones-other common type is the acquired usually seen in females over 50 with 70% getting same treatment.
Surgery is a fusion +- laminectomy for both.

In brief: Majority non op

Common types: congenital which occurs in 6% of the population & is treated without surgery 90% of the time with occasional use of otc medication, bracing & activity modification along with core strengthening exercises, flexibilty routines & cardio ones-other common type is the acquired usually seen in females over 50 with 70% getting same treatment.
Surgery is a fusion +- laminectomy for both.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Behnam Myers
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Watch

You generally just need to watch these conditions.
Treatment is based on the symptoms. If the slip gets worst. You may benefit from surgery. If you do not have back/leg pain. Do nothing.

In brief: Watch

You generally just need to watch these conditions.
Treatment is based on the symptoms. If the slip gets worst. You may benefit from surgery. If you do not have back/leg pain. Do nothing.
Dr. Behnam Myers
Dr. Behnam Myers
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