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Spondylolisthesis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment depends on the age of the person, the degree of slip, and the cause. Treatment options for mild cases include:

  • a back brace
  • flexibility and strengthening exercises
  • good body mechanics
  • reduced activity
  • An operation to fuse the affected vertebrae, called spinal fusion, is considered in serious cases. When the slip is great and there are symptoms of nerve involvement, surgery is often advised.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Surgery may cause bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia. It can also cause nerve damage.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    The vertebrae may continue to slip despite appropriate treatment.

    How is the condition monitored?

    X-ray tests may be taken every 6 months during adolescence when the body is growing rapidly. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: John A.K. Davies, MD
    Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
    Date Reviewed: 08/13/01

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