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Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Pronounced: “spon-de-lo-lis-thee-sis,” spondylolisthesis is a spinal disorder in which a vertebra slips forward onto the bone below it. It can be caused by injury or genetics, but is more often attributed to aging. Degenerative spondylolisthesis occurs when spinal bones and ligaments deteriorate over time and fail to maintain spinal alignment. Typically affecting the lumbar (lower) spine, the condition is more commonly diagnosed in people over 50 and is more frequent in women.

Sarasota Memorial’s spine specialists offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for degenerative spondylolisthesis, depending on severity (grade 1-5), prognosis, and the individual patient. Non-surgical options can include physical therapy, activity modification, ice/heat therapy, medications, and epidural steroid injections. Surgery is rare for this condition, but may be considered for patients with unmanageable, disabling pain or progressive neurologic deterioration.

Sarasota Memorial’s spine specialists are nationally recognized for their expertise in treating orthopedic joints and complex conditions of the spine, including degenerative spondylolisthesis. Our multidisciplinary approach to spinal issues provides patients with the most comprehensive care for the body’s most complicated and intricate joint.
Patients benefit from highly trained Orthopedic Surgeons, Orthopedic Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Pain Management Specialists, Case Managers and world-class Rehabilitative Care. We understand that each person’s spine is unique and treat his or her spinal condition accordingly. Our goal is to help patients resolve their issues, rehabilitate, and resume their lives.

For you, our patients, this translates to:

  • The region’s most comprehensive Orthopedic services
  • Orthopedic surgeons and Neurosurgeons rated among the best in the nation
  • A customized approach to each person’s unique spine and spinal issues
  • Personalized rehabilitation by board-certified physiatrists and certified Orthopedic specialists
  • The region’s greatest depth and breadth of patient-centered care
  • Your own dedicated care team with you every step of the way.