Over eighty-five percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their life. Most of the time it is due to a pulled muscle that can be treated conservatively. But a burning or tingling sensation down the leg may be the sign of a more severe spine condition such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is when one of the twenty-four spine bones, called vertebral bodies, slips forward and out of alignment with the other vertebral bodies. This lack of alignment leads to spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal through which the spinal cord runs. This narrowing of the canal places excessive pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots leading to abnormal pain and weakness. Spondylolisthesis typically occurs in the lower region of the back called the lumbar spine and can be caused by genetics, ligament laxity or trauma.
Symptoms of spondylolisthesis include weakness, pain or tingling sensations in the legs, a limp, lower back pain, difficulty standing or leaning over a countertop or sink. Spondylolisthesis can also affect people of all ages, from children and adults involved in strenuous sports such as weightlifting or football.
If you think you may have spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis, patients in Clifton, NJ turn to the team of board-certified neurosurgeons at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics for world-class treatment.
Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics Helps Soothe Painful Spondylolisthesis Symptoms
At Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics, the team of elite spine experts uses the latest, evidence-based practices to diagnose the root cause of back pain. Once identified, our neurosurgeons meet with patients living in the surrounding area of Clifton to create a personalized and effective treatment for the relief of painful symptoms brought on by spondylolisthesis.
The symptoms of spondylolisthesis can often be treated without surgery. Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics offers conservative management such as physical therapy or pain management procedures such as epidural steroid injections if there is the opportunity for a resolution using these methods. This allows both our patients and our neurosurgeons, who are spine surgeons, to avoid the more aggressive fusion surgeries that are necessary for severe cases. In the cases where nonsurgical methods prove ineffective, if the neurosurgeon believes a spinal fusion surgery to bridge the vertebrae together would resolve the symptoms and allow the patient to return to their previous life activities, then only at that time would surgery be recommended.
Our team of board-certified spine specialists who are spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, pain management physicians, and physical therapists makes Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics the best choice for patients living in Clifton, NJ. Contact Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics to receive a diagnosis and learn about your treatment options. Call (973) 633-1122 to request a consultation with a board-certified neurosurgeon today.