A spondylolisthesis is a condition where one vertebra slips slightly forward or backward over another vertebra. This condition is usually a result of degenerative disc disease or an underlying spinal fracture (a pars fracture). The displaced vertebra then can result in spinal stenosis and/or a radiculopathy (“pinched nerve”) where a nerve exits the spinal canal. Click on this link for more information about spondylolisthesis, About Spondylolisthesis.
Treatment options include medications, physical therapy and injections. Injections that are considered are an epidural or facet joint injections/ facet blocks and ablation. The symptoms that are experienced will determine which injection is done.
For more information on epidurals, Click on the appropriate spinal segment for an informational video.
Click on this link for more information about facet joint injections, Facet Joint Injections.
Facet joint nerve blocks and ablation are another option to treat facet mediated pain. Diagnostic facet nerve blocks are called medial branch blocks. Click on this link for more information about Medial Branch Blocks. If the facet joint nerve injections are diagnostic (a patient gets relief with both injections), then a therapeutic procedure can be done which is called a radiofrequency ablation. To learn more about radiofrequency ablation, Click on the appropriate spinal segment for an informational video.
Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists is recognized as an industry leader in pain management. We have a state-of-the-art facility in Reno, Nevada, that allows for us to offer the highest possible level of quality care of our patients.
We are committed to providing a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach for each individual’s pain complaints to provide the most appropriate care. Our approach includes analysis of biomechanics, joint motion, as well as skeletal, nerve and muscle tissues. Every individual is evaluated for the root cause of their pain – not just a “quick fix” approach to only provide symptomatic relief.
Your pain will be evaluated with latest diagnostic tools and technologies used by the professionals at Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists to make accurate assessments including: EMG/Nerve testing, MRIs, x-rays, bone scans, and diagnostic pain injections.