Define cervical spondylolisthesis, spondylopathy
– Cervical Spondylolysis: defect or crack (stress fracture) of the articulating part of the vertebra, the pars interarticularis. It may narrow the spinal canal in the neck compressing the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots
Non-surgical Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis
Initial treatment for spondylolysis aims to reduce pain and allow any fractures within the spine to heal so that patients can function properly. This is done through anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy exercises. Avoiding sports and other physical activity during this time is often recommended. Severe cases of spondylolysis may require a brace or back support to stabilize the back, while epidural steroid injections help relieve pain that does not respond to more conservative treatments.
Patients with spondylolysis do not usually have any symptoms and may not even be aware that they have this condition. When symptoms do occur, they may include pain in the lower back, which is usually worse with physical activity. Symptoms are most common after the teenage growth spurt, which is usually around age 15 or 16.