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Can spondylolisthesis worsen even if I have no pain?

Can spondylolisthesis worsen even if I have no pain?

Yes: The most common type of spondylolisthesis will rarely progress to a severe slip. Most of the time, the progression stops when a person reaches adulthood. The other common kind occurs in middle life and beyond, and rarely progresses beyond grade 1 or 2 (mild). The process of slippage is not something people feel. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

Slippage of one vertebral body over another ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis 2 years ago. No pain. What precautions should be taken?

I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis 2 years ago. No pain. What precautions should be taken?

Keep abs tight: The ligaments holding spinal vertebrae in place have been stretched or torn. If this is early and motion is limited, no real precautions are needed except good back care. Stretching, abdominal strengthening, proper lifting, carrying, posture and sitting will prolong good alignment. Repeat X rays yearly without symptoms will tell in the slippage is holding or worsening. Numbness or pain needs eval ...Read more

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Had a spinal fusion at L5 for spondylolisthesis in 2012. Been weightlifting for about 1.5 years now. Should I have limits even with no pain?

Had a spinal fusion at L5 for spondylolisthesis in 2012. Been weightlifting for about 1.5 years now. Should I have limits even with no pain?

Your best bet: Is to review this with your surgeon as he/she will best know/understand the complexities of the your present post surgical spinal anatomy. Remember, just because you have no pain, doesn't mean that your not traumatizing your spine. ...Read more

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What causes spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of one vertebrae over another. Causes can be degenerative arthritis, trauma/fracture, congenital, or stress fracture of the pars intraarticularis which is often caused by sports involving hyperextension of the back. ...Read more

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What causes spondylolisthesis?

What  causes spondylolisthesis?

Bad back: Spondylolisthesis is a forward sliding of a vertebra, typically in the low back. It is caused by a number of things including chronic poor posture and obesity. Congenital defects, osteopenia and osteoporosis can also make you more susceptible. ...Read more

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Anyone diagnosed spondylolisthesis?

What is the question: Spondylolithesis is diagnosed by flexion and extension xrays but may also be picked up on mri. ...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 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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