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Can you tell me the difference between scoliosis and spondylolisthesis

A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Curve vs slip: Spondylolisthesis means one spine bone has shifted forward on the one below it. It is seen on a side view x-ray (or other imaging study). Scoliosis is... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Yes : Both are spinal deformities. A scoliosis is a rotational deformity of the spine making it look curved while a spondylolisthesis is a shifting of one v... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Not really : Rigid braces are used in scoliosis in growing children and can be used to lessen the progression of a curve , thereby reducing the likelihood of surge... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Options: A good Orthopedic eval is needed to go over all you have done already. Generally, conservative Treatment first with medication, Physical therapy, pos... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology 23 years experience
Depends: Most disks get better within 6 months with pt and conservative treatment, assuming that the disk is even related to the pain. Keep an eye on spondy t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Rheumatology 37 years experience
Inflammatory v degen: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine, pelvis, and sometimes the peripheral joints as well. Spondylolisthes... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Peripheral : Nueropathy is where there is damage to a peripheral nerve, or nerve outside your spinal cord (in the periphery). Spondylolithesis is where you have sl... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Spine slippage: Spondy means spine/ listhesis means to slip. A grade 1 (0ut of possible 4) is a forward slippage of one vertebrae over the one below. It can be a con... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Most nonop care: Common types: congenital which occurs in 6% of the population ; is treated without surgery 90% of the time with occasional use of otc medication, brac... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Marchetti
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Listhesis means slip: A spondylolisthesis refers to a relative slip of one vertebra over another. L4/5 is the most common level and is usually a degenerative process (where... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Marchetti
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Great indication: Spondylolisthesis is generally considered a great indication for surgery (especially if there is excess motion at that segment on flexion vs extension... Read More

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