Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolysis is a stress fracture in one or more of the vertebrae in the spinal column. Spondylolysis is a common cause for lower back pain in active adolescents. When left untreated spondylolysis often progresses causing the effected vertebrae to weaken and shift out of alignment – a condition called spondylolisthesis.

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our pediatric orthopaedic specialist uses cutting edge technology to treat cases of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. If you are looking for treatment options for either, turn to the experts as the Orlando Orthopaedic Center.

Spondylolysis Treatment

The initial treatment plan for spondylolysis is rest coupled with the use of anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases physical therapy and back bracing may be used as well.

Spondylolisthesis Treatment

Patients suffering from spondylolysis will be monitored closely to determine if the injured vertebra begins to move and spondylolisthesis develops. Continued physical therapy and other non-invasive methods may still be used when a patient first begins showing signs of spondylolisthesis. If the vertebra slippage continues, surgery is generally the next step in the treatment process.

Spondylolisthesis Surgery

Spondylolisthesis surgery is a spinal fusion of the lumbar vertebra and the sacrum. In some cases rods and/or screws are used to hold the vertebra in place during the healing process. There are many risks associated with spinal surgery. Your orthopaedic specialist will work with you to explore all of your options and identify the most effective and least invasive method possible while ensuring your child reaches an optimum level of recovery.

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our pediatric orthopaedic specialist treats children suffering from spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. From physical therapy to spondylolisthesis surgery; our specialist is here to help your child, and your family, through every step of the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process. If you are interested in learning more about treatment for spondylolisthesis, schedule a consultation with our pediatric orthopaedic specialist today.