Spondylolisthesis Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Spondylolisthesis treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Spondylolisthesis

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy for spondylolisthesis usually involves exercise, especially exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles and the extensor muscles of the back. A back brace may also be recommended.

If you are overweight, your doctor may instruct you to lose weight.


Pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may be recommended to help manage pain.


Steroid medication injections may help reduce pain. These injections are given around the nerves that exit the spinal cord.


If the slippage of the vertebra is severe or if your pain does not respond to other treatments, surgery may be recommended. This may involve fusing two of the vertebra together in a procedure known as spinal fusion.

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