Spondylosis and Spondylolisthesis are different but also related. Spondylosis is a spine condition that occurs when there is a small crack or minor fracture in the bone structure called pars interarticularis. Whereas, Spondylolisthesis occurs when one of the vertebrae slips over the other vertebra, either above or below. These conditions can occur to people of all ages for different reasons. The severity of pain and spine condition determines the course of action.

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    The most common symptom of Spondylosis and Spondylolisthesis is severe lower back pain. Other signs and symptoms include:

    • Back stiffness and muscle tightening
    • Radiating pain in the buttock
    • Pain that worsens with activity and gets better with rest
    • Tight hamstrings
    • Difficulty walking


    Spine conditions are often diagnosed by primary care physicians. However, it is important to get examined at an advanced spine surgery center to avoid the condition from becoming worse. Your doctor may conduct the following tests:

    • Neck and Back X-ray
    • MRI
    • CT myelography
    • Electromyography
    Huntington's Disease


    The pain caused by these spine conditions can be alleviated by non-surgical options. However, if the condition is severe, surgery is the best treatment for spondylosis. Our spine specialists perform surgery to repair fractures, restore spine stability and prevent vertebrae from slipping or breaking in the future. The surgical process involves two steps:

    • A decompression (to reduce nerve compression)
    • Spinal fusion and instrumentation (To stabilize the spine)

    Why Choose Us?

    If you have symptoms that suggest you may have one of these spine conditions, a visit to our clinic can get you the best treatment for spondylosis or spondylolisthesis in Los Angeles. Our spine team led by the neurosurgeon Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe provides comprehensive treatment for all spine conditions.


    Advanced diagnostic methods


    State-of-the-art technology


    Minimal Invasive Surgery


    Patient-centered approach


    Recovery with less downtime


    Outstanding patient care

    For more information call us at (213) 369-4583 or visit our office in Los Angeles today!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What type of doctor treats spondylosis or spondylolisthesis?

    If you have mild spondylosis or spondylolisthesis, a physiatrist (a doctor who provides physical and rehabilitative treatment) will best treat your symptoms. In severe cases, a neurosurgeon or spine surgeon will perform the surgery.

    What is the recovery time for spondylosis surgery?

    The recovery time depends on the type of spondylosis surgery. If you’ve gone through minimally invasive back surgery, you will be able to return to daily activities quickly. An open spondylosis surgery will comparatively take more time to recover.

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