Will spondylolisthesis go away on its own?

While the condition won’t go away on its own, you can often experience relief through rest, medication and physical therapy.

Can spondylolisthesis be reversed?

Nonsurgical treatments cannot undo the crack or slippage, but they can provide long-term pain relief. Surgery can relieve pressure on the nerves, stabilize the vertebrae and restore your spine’s strength.

What can I do about pain from spondylolisthesis?

First, take a break from strenuous activity and exercise. Try over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and inflammation. And make sure to see your healthcare provider, who can help you figure out next steps.

A note from Cleveland Clinic

Spondylolisthesis is a common cause of back pain, but it is not dangerous and doesn’t need to take over your life. Many treatments are available, from medication and physical therapy to spinal surgery. If you have low back pain or find it difficult to walk, stand or bend over, talk to your healthcare provider to find out how you can feel better.

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