Are you coping with back pain which becomes far worse when walking? Pain in the spine that is often associated with leg pain upon movement is more than just a mild injury from physical exertion, but can actually be a symptom of a serious spinal cord injury. If you are experiencing an aching and throbbing in your spine that is at its worst after exercising, you should not hesitate to visit your local Scarsdale spine surgeon for the care you need to relieve your pain. Instead of picking up another bottle of your over the counter pain killer of choice, pick up the phone and ask our welcoming and knowledgeable staff at the offices of Andrew Casden, MD about how spondylolisthesis could be affecting your life.
Spondylolisthesis usually begins with lower back pain that progresses to causing pain in the legs as it grows worse. In some cases patients report aching or tingling to numbness and even weakness in your legs. This can occur due to severe compression of your nerves in the spinal cord caused by one of your vertebrae slipping either forward or backward, resulting in antherolisthesis or retrolisthesis respectively due to your developing case of spondylolisthesis. Over time this can lead to a narrowing of the spinal canal as a well as a compression upon the nerve roots that exist your spine. In rare cases patients exhibit severe spinal compression develop symptoms of uncontrollable bowels and bladder. Spondylolisthesis can be caused by a birth defect, arthritis, trauma, or cancer within the bones. Isthmis spondylolisthesis is one of the most common forms of this illness, and is normally diagnosed in athletes due to repeated injuries from hypertension, such as football players, wrestlers, and even gymnasts. No matter what the cause of your spondylolisthesis, you can be sure to find the care you need at your trusted Scarsdale spine surgeon to help you live your life to the fullest once more.
At your professional Scarsdale spine surgeon we utilize the latest technology to definitively diagnose your specific case of spondylolisthesis through the use of CT and MRI scans to identify the source of nerve compression and begin your course of treatment. Our team of doctors always strives to utilize the most conservative methods and non-invasive techniques in order to effectively combat your spinal problems without the need for surgery. A short period of rest is often our first recommendation, followed by physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain by decreasing inflammation, as well as cortisone injections and often a hyperextension brace to allow for healing to begin. At the state of the art offices of Andrew Casden, MD we also offer multiple surgical options for patients who do not respond to conservative treatment to effectively treat your case of spondylolisthesis.