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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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Any over-the-counter help for someone with spondylolisthesis?

Several: Acetaminophen (brand name tylenol) is a good one to try unless you have liver problems. Anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen (nuprin, motrin, medipren) and Naproxen (aleve) are over the counter. They should not be used if you have high blood pressure or stomach ulcers (have or have had). The most common side effect is upset stomach. Always follow instructions & note the precautions inside. ...Read more

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What can be done about retro-spondylolisthesis of the spine?

Exercise: The first treatments would be core muscle strengthening exercise, weight control and anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) (if there aren't medical reasons not to). ...Read more

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What is the success rate for the surgery for spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis surgery usually involves stabilization through a fusion procedure. Assuming the surgery is done well by a qualified surgeon the success rates are very good. Approximately 85-90% of patients who have surgery for spondylolisthesis are happy with the results. ...Read more

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What is the success rate for the surgery for spondylolisthesis?

More info please: isthmic or degenerative dysplastic traumatic need to know what type of spondy and what type of procedure to be accurate and the target symptom leg pain or back pain generally my impression for the most common types is 90% good to excellent relief of leg pain with decompression and fusion if no otherlevels degenerative 60/40 for back pain i treated this condition for leg pain only wiltse pioneered ...Read more

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Does being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Without question: The spine must support the weight of the body. Most people who who are over weight have the weight in their abdomen. They also then do stoop and not stand up properly. They tend to sit for long periods with poor back support. They have poor core strength with enormous stress on the low back with minimal help from the stomach muscles. This forces the lower back forward off of the pelvis. ...Read more

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Are there any charities that direct helps people with spondylolisthesis?

Maybe: If you have a child with spondylolisthesis, i would recommend a look at the shriners organization. Their hospital network provides free care for orthopedic conditions. ...Read more

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Are there any charities that directly help people with spondylolisthesis?

Shriners if under18: Stout have to be under18but the shrine is always a great place to get care if you qualify. ...Read more

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Could being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Could being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Yes: Obesity plays a role in back pain in general and now you are adding an unstable level. It may also signify a lack of regular exercise as well which is a factor. Secondary to the obesity may be diabetes which can affect your nerves directly and lead to a neuropathy which may compound any stenosis symptoms if present with the spondylolisthesis level. ...Read more

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Please answer! what prevents spondylolisthesis from slipping any further?

Spondylolisthesis: The treatment for preventing further slippage is surgery in which the two vertebral bodies that are moving are fused together to prevent further movement. ...Read more