Gregory Gasbarro, M.D., is a Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Patients from across the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic regions seek the expertise of the spine specialists at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center. Our doctors diagnose and treat various spine disorders, including spondylolisthesis, a fairly common condition that typically arises as the result of disc degeneration or juvenile stress fracture.
Spondylolisthesis means slippage of the spine. Discs in the spine tend to lose some of their water content and become dehydrated as they age. As this occurs, the disc height decreases resulting in mild loss of overall patient height. The narrowed disc bulges on the sides much like a partially flat tire. The aging disc is less firm allowing some shifting of the neighboring vertebra.
The forward/backward shifting of the vertebra often irritates the spinal nerves and causes bone spurs and enlarged spinal ligaments. The combination of vertebral shifting, disc bulging, bone spurs and enlarged ligaments also can lead to a narrowed spinal canal or spinal stenosis.
Symptoms of degenerative spondylolisthesis include:
Spine specialists diagnose degenerative spondylolisthesis by using X-rays as well as CT scans or MRIs to whether or not any of the discs have shifted.
The body is able in most cases to maintain stability to the spinal column and prevent the vertebra from actively shifting back and forth on each other through the accumulation of bone spurs. If this is the case, then degenerative spondylolisthesis symptoms are best treated with:
For short lived symptoms, anti-inflammatory medications or an epidural injection are usually sufficient to relieve the symptoms. For lasting symptoms and those that do not respond to appropriate non-surgical treatment, a minimally invasive procedure to relieve the nerve pressure is often the best treatment option. Decompression surgery alone may not be possible if the slippage is in excess of 3 mm. In those specific cases, a decompression and fusion surgery would be necessary to maintain the stability of the spine after decompressing the nerves.
The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, features some of the best spine experts of the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine disorders, including scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis. Our doctors at The Maryland Spine Center work with each patient to determine the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available while offering an atmosphere of care and support. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery.
The Maryland Spine Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Mara Vucich is a physiatrist, or doctor of physical and rehabilitative medicine, who treats patients with spine conditions including arthritis, spinal stenosis, degeneration of the spine, back and neck strains and disc herniations.
A woman with scoliosis seeks out Mercy's doctors for a successful, life-changing surgical treatment.