Spondylolisthesis Orange County

Spondylolisthesis is a condition characterized by one bone in your back sliding forward over the bone below it. It usually occurs in the lower spine area and can possibly lead to nerve root compression, which can lead to back pain, numbness, or weakness to one or both legs. In rare cases, spondylolisthesis can lead to loss of bladder or bowel control.

Gerald Alexander MD is an experienced spine specialist who has your best interest in mind at all times. What sets this practice apart is its comprehensive and concentrated service to each individual patient. We will carefully assess your needs and diagnose the problem in a clear and prompt fashion.

Causes

Spondylolisthesis occurs when small joints in your spine allow a bone to move out of line. The bones of your spine combine at several small joints that keep your bones lined up while still giving them flexibility to move.

A defective joint that you might have had since your birth might be the cause of your spondylolisthesis. It might have happened because of a damaged joint during an accident your some other kind of trauma, or because of a stress fracture from overuse, or joint damage brought on by infection or arthritis.

Teens and children who play sports are especially susceptible to spondylolisthesis. Older adults can also develop this condition due to normal wear and tear.

Treatment

Dr. Alexander offers a variety of treatment plans that are custom tailored to the individual needs of each patient. We’ll always strive for a conservative approach. If exercise, physical therapy, or medication are viable avenues, then that is the route we’ll take. However, if minimally invasive or open surgery are better suited for your needs, then we have the skill and experience to pull off these procedures.

Contact Dr. Alexander today and we’ll carry out a one on one consultation. We’ll illustrate your options to you and devise a gameplan that will have you feeling like yourself again.