is a vertebral defect that predisposes to spondylolisthesis. Spondylolysis can be a congenital condition or anomaly that causes a separation in the articular faces, the actual joints facets (surfaces) between the vertebrae. This causes the vertebral body to slip forward. This condition can cause severe back pain, sciatica and tingling. Spondylolisthesis can be treated with a decrease in activity, especially contact sports, physical labor, artificial supports like braces, which are generally discouraged due to atrophy of the core muscles and further weakening, as well as core muscle exercise and back surgery (also known as surgical Fusion) when all other options fail.
A spinal fusion, as we have already stated in an article, is like opening Pandora's Box. It should be avoided whenever possible. Surgery used to be the first treatment for severe neck pain, sciatica, and back pain for many patients with cervical radiculopathy or spondylolisthesis, especially when they were accompanied by spondylolysis. However, more conservative treatments are now available before surgery is necessary. Anti-inflammatory medication, ice-compression braces and exercises to strengthen core muscles. This includes the abdominal, obliques and spinal erectors as well as some larger muscles that originate in or insert in the lower spine.