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Is there a difference between ankylosing spondylitis and spondylolisthesis?

Is there a difference between ankylosing spondylitis and spondylolisthesis?

Absolutely: Ank spondy is a multisystem disease characterized by inflammation of the ligamentous insertions of the spine. Spondylolisthesis is a congenital instability in the lower back. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

is the subluxation or slippage of one vertebral body over another, usually with the more superior body slipping forward relative to the body below. This can be due to to etiologies such as ligamentous laxity or an abnormality of the bone(spondylolysis). If mild, it may be asymptomatic. If severe or unstable, it could cause kinking/compression of the spinal cord ...Read more


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What is the difference between ankylosing spondylitis and spondylolisthesis?

What is the difference between ankylosing spondylitis and spondylolisthesis?

Inflammatory v degen: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine, pelvis, and sometimes the peripheral joints as well. Spondylolisthesis is a degenerative change in the spine that allows one vertebra to slide out of alignment with the one next to it. These conditions are treated differently. ...Read more

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Spondylolisthesis -- is there a cure?

Spondylolisthesis  -- is there a cure?

No: It is due to degeneration of disc and joints, occasionally from a type of fracture. Surgery can be used to correct it, but usually exercise, weight control and otc medication can control symptoms without anything more drastic needing to be done. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spondylolisthesis?

What are the tests for spondylolisthesis?

Exam, radiographs: A careful physical may pick it up, but in most cases the deformity is not visible to the eye. Plain radiographs (x-rays) show the slip (spondylolisthesis). If done standing, they can show subtle slips that go away while lying down. Mri and ct are helpful if there are nerve symptoms (like leg pain, numbness, weakness) and if surgery is being considered. Bone scan is sometimes used too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?

What are the symptoms of spondylolisthesis?

None to varied: There are several types of spondylolisthesis these can have no symptoms to varying types of back &/or leg pain with or without any numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. 70% of the degenerative or acquired type & 90% of the congenital type are treated non operatively, the pain is usually worse with activity & better with rest. ...Read more

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What is retro-spondylolisthesis of the spine?

What is  retro-spondylolisthesis of the spine?

A backward spinal sl: Your spine vertebra don't line up front back and one has slipped back this is a different condition than the commonly treated anterior slipping they have different treatment algorithms and prognosis general part of segmental degeneration a levels higher than l3. ...Read more

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What are the side effect for a spondylolisthesis?

What are the side effect for a spondylolisthesis?

Depends: When the spondylolisthesis is severe (degree of slippage of the spine), many patients develop symptoms of weakness, pain and or numbness radiating down their extremity/ies. Surgical intervention-decompressing the nerve roots and stabilizing the spine can benefit. ...Read more

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What prevents spondylolisthesis from getting worse?

These rarely : Progress if the isthmic or congenital type with less than 1% progressing in adulthood. They can progress during youth . The acquired or degenerative type can progress but rarely past grade 2. Weight control, not smoking and regular exercise including core strengthening is important in terms of symptom control. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat cervical spondylolisthesis?

What is the best way to treat cervical spondylolisthesis?

Depends: Neck pain is best treated with therapy, exercise (isometric, aerobic), sometimes medication. If there are nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, pain) in the arms, other treatment may be needed. ...Read more

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