Regis W. Haid, Jr., MD, Spine Surgeon
Spondylolisthesis is a condition where one of the vertebra slips forward or backward compared to the next vertebra. Spondylolisthesis can lead to a deformity of the spine along with a narrowing of the spinal canal or compression of the nerve roots as they exit the spinal canal.
In children, spondylolisthesis usually occurs between the fifth bone in the lower back (lumbar vertebra) and the first bone in the sacrum area. It is often due to a birth defect in that area of the spine.
In adults, the most common cause is degenerative disease (such as arthritis). The slip usually occurs between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae.
Other causes of spondylolisthesis include stress fractures (commonly seen in gymnasts) and traumatic fractures. Spondylolisthesis may occasionally be associated with bone diseases.
Surgery to fuse the slipped disc may be needed if you have severe pain that does not get better with treatment, a severe slip of the vertebra, or any neurological changes. Fusion effectively binds two or more vertebrae into a single mass. This prevents the slippage from continuing and prevents further damage to the spinal cord.
Dr. Haid assesses the use of Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures where ever they may be appropriate. His experience in the area of lumbar disease is unexcelled. If you want to learn more about Dr. Haid's contribution to spinal surgery, you may wish to visit the Patents and Innovations or the Teaching the Next Generation areas of this website.