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Spondylolisthesis

Spine Center

The expert team of doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center specializes in all available evidence-based treatments for spondylolisthesis – both medical and surgical. At the Spine Center, we offer our patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized spine imaging.

Our multidisciplinary approach gives patients access to neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, pain management specialists, and physiatrists with one call. We strive to coordinate, facilitate, and expedite patient care, saving our patients time.

About Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one of the vertebrae in the spine moves out of its proper position and onto the vertebra below it.

Common causes of spondylolisthesis in adults include arthritis in the spine, bone disease, and stress fractures. The condition also can be present at birth (congenital).

Some people experience no symptoms, but others might experience back pain, or numbness or weakness in the legs.

Diagnosing Spondylolisthesis

If we suspect spondylolisthesis, we’ll conduct a physical examination and order spine imaging studies, such as:

Treatment for Spondylolisthesis

After diagnosis, we make sure patients see the right experts to treat their specific symptoms. Treatment for spondylolisthesis depends on the severity and location of the problem and can include:

  • Anti-inflammation drugs
  • Biofeedback
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

We’ll create a care plan that minimizes the number of visits a patient needs to make, while also providing all the support needed.

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UT Southwestern conducts clinical trials aimed at improving the treatment of spine conditions like spondylolisthesis. Talk with our doctors to see if a clinical trial is available.

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