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Conditions We Treat
NJNBI offers a wide range of treatment options for common conditions affecting all aspects of the spine including:
Spondylolisthesis occurs when one of the vertebrae of the spine slides out of place, with the most common occurrence in the lower back (lumbar) region.
Cervical spondylosis is the result of degenerative disc disease, where the facet joints within the spine begin to develop arthritis from increased pressure.
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (aka spinal cord compression) is a condition where narrowing of the spinal canal occurs due to wear and tear over time.
Degenerative disc disease is not a disease but rather a term used to describe the normal changes in the spinal discs over the course of time.
Also known as adult onset scoliosis, degenerative scoliosis is when the curvature of the spine is caused by the degeneration of the facet joints.
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, is one of the most common spinal injuries. Learn about the causes and diagnosis here.
While there are a variety of causes for lower back pain, the majority of them result from the natural degeneration of parts of the spine.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, compressing the spinal cord and nerves in the lower back.
Neck pain is a common problem categorized as discomfort in the neck area. Read more about the common symptoms and treatment options available.
Radiculopathy is a condition that causes radiating pain into the extremities along the course of a spinal nerve root, commonly in the lower back and neck.
Sciatica is a condition that causes pain that radiates through the sciatic nerve, which runs through the lower back then splits and travels down each leg.
A spinal tumor is an abnormal tissue growth typically associated with cancer. Learn about the 3 types of spinal tumors as well as diagnosis and treatments.
Overview of Spondylolytic Spondylolisthesis
Lower back pain can stem from a variety of issues, one of which is a medical condition called spondylolytic spondylolisthesis. In order to find the cause of your symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sandro LaRocca. Together with his team at New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, P.C., he specializes in healing patients through a combination of compassionate care and advanced surgical techniques.
Symptoms of Spondylolytic Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebra becomes displaced and slips forward. The L4 and L5 segments are most commonly affected, although other areas along the spine can develop this condition, as well. It’s typically caused by bone degeneration, a bone defect or a stress fracture. As the vertebra weakens, it’s unable to maintain its normal position. While some patients don’t experience any symptoms, others report severe, persistent lower back pain and limited mobility. Symptoms may include:
- Pain and stiffness in the lower back
- Radicular pain (pain that radiates to the lower extremities)
- Lower back tenderness
- Difficulty performing daily activities
Recommended Courses of Treatment
For patients with suspected spondylolytic spondylolisthesis, Dr. LaRocca will conduct a complete diagnostic evaluation. He’ll review your medical history, perform a physical exam and may order additional X-rays, CT scans, or MRI’s to get a detailed look at your spine.
Based on the findings of his evaluation, Dr. LaRocca will then craft an individualized treatment plan. Spondylolytic spondylolisthesis can be managed with medications, physical therapy exercises and back braces. If the case is severe enough, or if the spine doesn’t respond to nonsurgical methods, he might recommend spinal surgery to correct the affected vertebra. Surgery can help reposition the slipped vertebra and stabilize the spine to prevent it from happening again.
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While spondylolytic spondylolisthesis can be painful and disrupt your daily life, it is treatable. Contact New Jersey Neck & Back Institute, P.C. to meet with Dr. Sandro LaRocca and discuss your symptoms. He’s experienced in treating a range of different conditions and has helped patients all throughout NJ get much-needed relief for their back pain.