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What is degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis?

What is degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis?

Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition in which one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below. Degenerative spondylolisthesis, usually occurs in the lumbar spine, especially at L4-L5. It is the result of degenerative changes in the vertebral structure that cause the joints between the vertebrae to slip forward.

What is the treatment for degenerative spondylolisthesis?

For most cases of degenerative spondylolisthesis (especially Grades I and II), treatment consists of temporary bed rest, restriction of the activities that caused the onset of symptoms, pain/ anti-inflammatory medications, steroid-anesthetic injections, physical therapy and/or spinal bracing.

Does Fusion cure spinal stenosis?

There is currently no cure for spinal stenosis. Over the counter medications, physical therapy, steroid injections, and surgery can help alleviate symptoms. Electrical stimulation, ultrasounds, and hot/cold therapies have also proven effective.

Is degenerative spondylolisthesis serious?

Spondylolisthesis is a common cause of back pain, but it is not dangerous and doesn’t need to take over your life. Many treatments are available, from medication and physical therapy to spinal surgery.

What is worse stenosis or spondylosis?

Lumbar canal stenosis causes a syndrome known as neurogenic claudication, which is pain in the backs of the calves and legs, that is often worse with walking and standing and relieved by sitting down. The symptoms of lumbar spondylosis are usually progressive and get worse with time.

Can lumbar spinal stenosis cripple you?

Disability: In severe cases of spinal stenosis, a patient can end up permanently disabled. This may be through paralysis, or weakness so severe that it is impossible to stand and move as normal. It is not unreasonable to expect severe stenosis to lead to a person being bound to a wheelchair.