Spondylolisthesis is a spinal disorder in which one vertebra moves forward and comes to rest on the vertebra below it. This condition can result in back pain or in more serious cases, leg pain or numbness due to nerve crowding. Low back pain in young athletes is often attributable to spondylolisthesis. With conservative treatment such as initial rest and subsequent chiropractic care, the back pain caused by spondylolisthesis will improve and subside. Only rarely is surgery or even prescription pain medication necessary in the treatment of spondylolisthesis.
Causes of Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis most often occurs in those young athletes who are active in sports that involve repeated overstretching or hyperextension of the lower spine, including:
- Weight lifting
With time, these activities can result in overuse that leads to vertebra slippage and spondylolisthesis. Genetics may also play a role as some people seem to naturally have thinner vertebral bones that predispose them to the condition.
Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis
People with spondylolisthesis often experience no obvious symptoms and it can go undiscovered until an x-ray, taken for unrelated reasons, reveals the condition. However, when symptoms do present they often include pain that mimics a muscle strain and that increases with activity and improves with rest. Spondylolisthesis can also lead to muscle spasms, which come with their own unique symptoms, including:
- A stiff back
- Tight hamstrings
- Problems with standing and walking
If your child does experience a rare symptom like tingling, numbness, or weakness in one or both legs, you should obtain immediate medical attention. If your young athlete experiences any of t
he more common symptoms of spondylolisthesis, do not hesitate to seek expert chiropractic help. In fact, young athletes in general can benefit from chiropractic care.
Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor About Your Young Athlete Today
If your child has symptoms of spondylolisthesis, contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. We are here to help. True wellness is achieved through a holistic approach to medical care, and chiropractic care is an integral component. We strive to fully understand not only your child’s condition but also your child, to provide relief from pain, and to carefully guide the course of action. We are here for your child and for you. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us – or email us through our online contact form – regarding your young athlete’s continued good health.