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Can obesity make spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis worse?

Can obesity make spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis worse?

Yes: A person's spine takes on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen spine problems such as spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis. Being extremely heavy can make the bones in the spine move a bit farther out of their normal positions. Back pains and other complications may occur. ...Read more

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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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How does obesity specifically affect spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis?

How does obesity specifically affect spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis?

Weight adds stress: A person's spine takes on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen spine problems such as spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis. Being extremely heavy can make the bones in the spine move a bit farther out of their normal positions. Back pains and other complications may occur. ...Read more

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How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically diagnosed?

How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically diagnosed?

Imaging: When people present with back and leg pain, x-rays, mri, and ct will show them. Beware though. They may not be the source of the pain! They can be painless. ...Read more

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Who is more likely to develop spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

Depends!: One common type occurs during childhood and adolescence. It seems to be caused by repeated extension (leaning backward), so gymnasts and interior linemen (football) are at risk. But it is common among the general population. Another common type is part of the aging process; it normally is seen after age 50 and is slightly more common in women. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

Many: Both conditions give different set of symptoms if nervous tissue are involved. Pain in spine area, crackling sound on movement, painful movement with or without restriction. Weakness, numbness, tingling, spasm, bladder control. Etc. ...Read more

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How can you prevent spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

How can you prevent spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis?

You usually cannot: Most just happen. On the other hand, many people respond to exercise and core strengthening. Many do not have any symptoms. ...Read more

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Are spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, and spondylosis permanent conditions?

Yes: These three conditions are all permanent. They all can be treated. Conservative treatment may help all three. If all fails surgery may be an option. ...Read more

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How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically treated?

Depends!: Unless symptoms are severe, most can be treated by core strengthening exercises, medications. Surgery can help if simple measures fail and pain interferes with normal activities. ...Read more

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How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis generally evaluated?

How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis generally evaluated?

Xrays: Xrays can make the diagnosis of spondylolisthesis. Xrays can show the relationships of the vertebrae (bones) in your spine and determine if one is slipped relative to the neighboring vertebrae. Ct or MRI scans can confirm or make the diagnosis as well. ...Read more

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What can I do/take to deal with the pain from spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis?

What can I do/take to deal with the pain from spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis?

NSAIDs: Careful use of nsaids. Under the supervision of a physician. Come in to see me. I can help treat this condition. ...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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I have bilateral degenerative changes at l5-s1 level w/a grade 1-2 spondylolisthesis found 9/2012 has become worse will I end up needing surgery?

Spine Surgery: Spine surgery is reserved for individuals that have unrelenting pain that has failed conservative care or who have a progressive neurologic condition due to the spinal changes. Many individuals with your radiographic finding are pain free. If worsening would followup with your doctor or see a surgical or nonsurgical spine specialist. ...Read more

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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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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 can help people with spondylolisthesis?

A lot: This condition can be sucessfully treated a variety of ways seek the help of an orthopedic spine surgeon as a guide. Read dr. Wiltse work, classic on spondy. ...Read more

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What will help people with spondylolisthesis?

What will help people with spondylolisthesis?

Varied: The natural history of spondylolisthesis is somewhat difficult to predict and may be somewhat dependent on the underlying causes of the misalignment. Also the current degree of misalignment and if there is instability also play a part. Core stabilization exercises, physical fitness and weight management are important in maintaining he issue and potentially preventing progression. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Spondylolysis (Definition)

Spondylosis is a broad term that means degeneration of the spine, more commonly known as osteoarthritis. This can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or ...Read more