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Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis describes a condition in which one vertebra in the spine may slip forward over another. This condition in adults is often due to deterioration (wear and tear) of the discs and ligaments that connect and support the spine. With aging, discs lose water content and height. As the vertebra on either side of the disc become thinner due to the loss of disc height, the upper vertebra slides forward on the sub adjacent vertebra producing spondylolisthesis.

At NY Spine Medicine we have many procedures to reduce the pain caused by spondylolisthesis. We stand by our philosophy of trying the least invasive procedures first and always reserve surgery as the last option, only after exhausting all other methods of treatment. We will review all of the options with you and develop a plan of recovery that works within your ideals of treatment.

Common procedures that we use for the treatment of spondylolisthesis include epidural steroid injection, nerve root block, facet nerve block, or radiofrequency rhizotomy. All of these procedures are minimally invasive and cause little to no discomfort. Delivery of medication is done with a fluoroscopic guidance system that ensures the most accurate delivery of medication directly to the affected area. These procedures may be used in conjunction with other traditional treatments such as physical therapy.

Not only do these procedures alleviate pain, but they also improve or cure the underlying problem. We do not mask pain. We improve the underlying abnormalities.