If the injury is severe, a doctor may recommend skipping this treatment and proceeding to surgical options such as spinal fusion, where the displaced vertebra will be moved back into place and fused to a neighbor to hold it in alignment.
Spinal surgery will fix the abnormal positioning of the vertebrae although it can come with serious risks including the risk of infection or permanent nerve damage.
Anterolisthesis location includes which vertebrae are involved, and may also specify which parts of the vertebrae are affected.
Isthmic anterolisthesis is where there is a defect in the pars interarticularis.
Symptoms of anterolisthesis include: Other symptoms may include tingling and numbness. An individual may also note a "slipping sensation" when moving into an upright position.
Sitting and trying to stand up may be painful and difficult.
Fractures are the most common reason for anterolisthesis, although there can be other causes as well.
This condition is most commonly observed with the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae, although it can arise in other regions of the spine.
Conservative treatments for anterolisthesis consist of rest and gentle physical therapy.
The patient may be put on bed rest to allow the spine to recover without strain and the healing process can be extended.