Conservative management of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis

Umesh Metkar, Nicholas Shepard, Woojin Cho, Alok Sharan

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Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are pathologic defects that can cause low back pain. While they are often asymptomatic, a thorough radiologic evaluation and correlation with the clinical presentation is necessary to guide appropriate intervention. The physician[U+05F3]s role in these cases is a timely diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up given the risk of progression that accompanies this type of pathology. Conservative management is currently the first-line for many instances of mild-to-moderate spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, with the goal of pain relief and return of function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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