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Spondylolisthesis in Derry

model of a spineSpondylolisthesis is a spinal condition where one vertebra shifts out of its normal position, sliding forward or backward relative to the adjacent vertebra. This displacement may lead to varying degrees of discomfort and potential nerve compression or other spinal issues. It is most commonly found in the lower back (lumbar spine), often occurring in the L5-S1 region.

Types and Causes

There are several types and causes of this condition, including

  • Isthmic: the most common type, often occurring in childhood or adolescence. It results from a defect or stress fracture in the pars interarticularis, a bone segment connecting the front and back of the vertebra. Causes may include repetitive spinal stress, sports injuries, or genetic factors.
  • Degenerative: typically observed in older adults due to age-related spinal changes like disc degeneration and arthritis. Disc height and stability loss may lead to one vertebra slipping over another.
  • Traumatic: results from sudden spinal injury or trauma, such as car accidents or falls, causing vertebral displacement.
  • Pathological: occurs when pre-existing conditions like tumors or infections weaken the vertebrae.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Symptoms vary in severity, including lower back discomfort, stiffness, muscle spasms, and radiating leg pain when nerves are compressed. Severity is often classified using a grading system from I to IV, with grade I being mild and grade IV the most severe.

Care options depend on the condition’s severity and symptoms. Conservative solutions may include physical therapy, pain management, and core-strengthening exercises. Surgery may be recommended in severe cases or when conservative measures fail to stabilize affected vertebrae and decompress nerves if necessary.

How We Help

At Triskelia Wellness, our team focuses on treating spondylolisthesis, particularly among gymnasts who are prone to developing this condition due to their physically demanding activities. We deliver controlled adjustments to the affected area using this gentle and precise adjusting instrument. This approach minimizes the risk of further injury and provides targeted relief.

Every patient has unique needs, and our chiropractor creates personalized care plans. In addition to the Activator® Technique, we may use Drop Table adjustments and specific rehabilitation exercises. Focusing on the hamstrings, vital in supporting the spine, is often a key component of rehabilitation.

We’ve witnessed remarkable success with patients of all ages, including young gymnasts and older individuals, who have found relief from spondylolisthesis. By modifying activities and focusing on targeted rehabilitation, we help alleviate discomfort and improve overall well-being.

Take Control

If you’re ready to take control of your problem and experience a better quality of life, contact Triskelia Wellness today to schedule a thorough evaluation. We’re here to help.



Spondylolisthesis Derry, Londonderry NH | (603) 824-6121