What is spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition on the spine where one vertebral body (spine bone) slips forward to the adjacent vertebrae, causing mechanical and neurological pain and symptoms. Our team of spondylolisthesis chiropractors can help you to diagnose and treat your spondylolisthesis symptoms. 

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

  • Pain and stiffness in the lower back
  • Increased pain when standing or walking
  • Numbness or tingling in one or both legs
  • Pain radiating from the lower back into the buttock, leg or foot
  • Tension, tenderness or cramping in the hamstrings
  • Abnormal walking pattern

What are Spondylolisthesis Symptoms?

While some patients may experience no pain at all, others can experience several painful and debilitating symptoms, including back pain, buttock and leg pain, weakness, cramping, numbness or tingling in the legs and gait pattern disturbances. Patients often find sitting for long periods difficult and sometimes find relief when lying down or flexing/ leaning forward.

The leading causes of Spondylolisthesis are:

  • Degenerative (i.e., osteoarthritis, osteoporosis)
  • Traumatic (i.e., bone fracture)
  • Congenital (i.e., birth defect).

When the vertebrae slip forward, it can cause pressure on the spinal discs and nerves, a spondylolisthesis trained chiropractor can address this issue and help alleviate the pain it causes. This also causes patients debilitating pain and symptoms reminiscent of spinal disc bulges/ herniations/ protrusions.  


How do Chiropractors treat Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis can be a demanding condition to treat. The spondylolisthesis chiropractic team at Malvern Chiropractic Clinic and Melbourne Spine Clinic use Cox® Flexion-Distraction and Spinal Decompression therapy to treat Spondylolisthesis patients with a gentle, safe, and non-surgical option for the pain.

Research has shown that patients with stable spondylolisthesis who receive Cox® Flexion-Distraction therapy were 75% or more relieved of their pain(1). Degenerative spondylolisthesis has demonstrated that it can be best managed conservatively rather than surgically (2).

Cox® Flexion-Distraction is a highly researched and documented therapy for complex spinal conditions, including Spondylolisthesis.

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At Malvern Chiropractic Clinic and Melbourne Spine Clinic, our spondylolisthesis chiropractors utilise the most up-to-date research and clinical data to benefit patients. Our Certified Cox® Flexion-Distraction and Spinal Decompression Chiropractors treat all spinal pain conditions with safe, gentle, non-surgical, doctor-controlled spinal decompression therapy. Cox® Flexion-Distractions is a recognised alternative to spinal surgery.

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(1)   Cox JM, Trier K: Chiropractic adjustment results correlated with spondylolisthesis instability. J of Manual Medicine 1991; 6:67-72

(2)   Cox JM, Aspegren DC: Degenerative spondylolisthesis of C7 and L4 in same patient. J. of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1988;11(3):195-205.

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