Spondylolisthesis is slippage of a vertebra in the spinal column in relation to the vertebrae below.
Typical physical changes that occur in an individual with spondylolisthesis will be a general stiffening of the back and a tightening of the hamstrings, with a resulting change in both posture and movement. The posture will typically give the appearance that the individual leans forward slightly and/or that they are suffering from kyphosis (hunchback).
An individual suffering from spondylolisthesis will typically experience generalized pain in the lower back, along with intermittent shocks of shooting pain beginning in the buttock traveling downward into the back of the thigh and/or lower leg. Sometimes symptoms include tingling and numbness. Sitting and trying to stand up may be painful and difficult. Coughing and sneezing can intensify the pain. The individual may also note a "slipping sensation" when moving into an upright position.
AMEDICA products used to treat spondylolisthesis include:
- Valeo® Interbody Fusion Devices
- FacetGun® Max Facet Fixation System
- Javelin® MIS Locking Facet System
- Preference 2® Spine System
- Preference 2® Complex Spine System
- Tercet® Triple-lead Pedicle Screws
Ask your doctor which AMEDICA product may be best to treat your condition.