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Can you tell me the difference between scoliosis and spondylolisthesis?

Can you tell me the difference between scoliosis and spondylolisthesis?

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 a curve seen on the frontal view x-ray (a straight line is normal). In reality though, scoliosis is a rotational deformity; the individual bones are rotated from the normal position, affecting the shape in the front view mainly, but also in others. ...Read more

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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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Could a rigo cheneau brace work on scoliosis and spondylolisthesis?

Could a rigo cheneau brace work on scoliosis and spondylolisthesis?

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 surgery. They really don't have benefit in a adult. They don't improve the curve and to cover the whole curve means they are cumbersome and can lead to stiffness and atrophy. A lumbar corset may be helpful to with the symptoms of a spondylolisthesis. ...Read more

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Scoliosis progressing, L5 compression, EMG changes, lumbar spondylolisthesis, c4-6 narrow, PAIN. What are my options?

Scoliosis progressing, L5 compression, EMG changes, lumbar spondylolisthesis, c4-6 narrow, PAIN. What are my options?

Options: A good Orthopedic eval is needed to go over all you have done already. Generally, conservative Treatment first with medication, Physical therapy, possible pain management with epidurals, and then if needed and no relief, a Neurosurgical evaluation may be needed to discuss surgical options. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Mild scoliosis; grade 1 spondylolisthesis l5-s1; l4-5 prom l paracentral disc extrusion; mild ligamentous & facet hypertrophy. Treatments?

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 to make sure it's stable. If you develop instability surgery may be in order. ...Read more

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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

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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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What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

Completely different: Neuropathy refers to nerve irritation, while spondylolisthesis refers to the misalignment of two vertebrae when looking from the side. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is mild grade 1 spondylolisthesis?

Can you tell me what is mild grade 1 spondylolisthesis?

Slight slip: Grade I spondylolisthesis is slippage of up to 25% of one vertebral body with regards to the adjacent one. A mild grade I slip would suggest that the displacement is on the lower side of the range. However, it is more of a descriptive term and does not specifically mean a particular percentage. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! What can you tell me about spondylolisthesis?

Need doctor's help! What can you tell me about spondylolisthesis?

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, bracing ; activity modification along with core strengthening exercises, flexibilty routines ; cardio ones-other common type is the acquired usually seen in females over 50 with 70% getting same treatment. Surgery is a fusion +/-a laminectomy for both. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is spondylolisthesis l4:retrolisthesis?

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 (whereas when at l5/s1 is commonly associated with a pars defect- a fracture that occurs in childhood).
Retrolisthesis means L4 is slipping back over L5 which is undoubtedly degenerative (most slips are forward and called anterolisthesis). ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the success rate for surgery for spondylolisthesis?

Great indication: Spondylolisthesis is generally considered a great indication for surgery (especially if there is excess motion at that segment on flexion vs extension xrays or if accompanied by leg symptoms) and most (>85%) are considered "successful" (50% improvement is common definition in studies).
With that said, surgery is not "needed" unless there is instability or neurological deficits. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is spondylolisthesis and its management?

Can you tell me what is spondylolisthesis and its management?

Slippage: One bone slips forward on top of the one underneath it. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms) so no treatment is necessary. Many people with it have pain that responds to exercise, physical therapy and mild medication. A few are severe enough for surgery. ...Read more

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What are some safe and pain-free exercises for someone with spondylolisthesis?

What are some safe and pain-free exercises for someone with spondylolisthesis?

Lots!: Just about any exercise is potentially okay. Use common sense. If a given exercise is uncomfortable, decide if it is mild discomfort from doing something new, or something that you will pay for later. People with painful joints and back problems ofter can do exercises in water, so look into water aerobics, swimming, water walking (but obviously you need pool access). ...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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Please help! Pain treatment for spondylolisthesis?

Depends!: Acute spondolylisthesis is symptomatic because of the associated pars fracture. The condition id itself virtually pain free until you are past grade1 and in many cases grade two. Talk to your doc. Imaging with basic x-rays is the first tests needed with clinical evaluation. ...Read more

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Can ceragem therapy be used for spondylolisthesis?

Probably not: Unlikely, this is no data supporting the use of ceragem in spondylolisthesis. The absence of data does not always mean a therapy does not work but in this case very unlikely and possibly quite expensive for you. ...Read more

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What kind of treatments are there for spondylolisthesis?!?

Majority non op: Common types: congenital which occurs in 6% of the population & is treated without surgery 90% of the time with occasional use of otc medication, bracing & activity modification along with core strengthening exercises, flexibilty routines & cardio ones-other common type is the acquired usually seen in females over 50 with 70% getting same treatment. Surgery is a fusion +- laminectomy for both. ...Read more

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What am I to do about my back pain from spondylolisthesis?

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Back pain: I recommend you try heat pads, exercise, massage, over the counter pain killer.

If your pain is not improved, you should seek help from a pain management doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What does grade 1 spondylolisthesis at the l4-5 level mean?

Up to 25%: Grade 1 means that the forward slippage of L4 is up to one quarter (25%) of the top of the L5 vertebra. So if the top of L5 front to back is 50 mm, the forward slip of L4 is more than zero and less than 12.5 mm. ...Read more

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What other treatment options are open for spondylolisthesis?

Many: Spondylolisthesis is the slipping of 1 vertebral body on the other. This is not always painful. When it is, it can often be treated like any other form of back pain with exercise, nonnarcotic pain medication, and bracing. When the slippage results in the pinching of a nearby nerve, surgery usually with fusion of the bones may be helpful. ...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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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 the side effects of having surgery for spondylolisthesis?

Back pain /stiffness: Best done to relieve leg pain srgeries ability to relieve axial back pain is controversial and unpredictable great for leg pain. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of having surgery for spondylolisthesis?

Several things: Many folks will do well, but surgery does not always get rid of all symptoms that motivate people to consider surgery. You may have persistent pain, continued or new weakness, numbness, tingling; difficulty emptying or controlling bladder or bowels, numbness in the private area, spinal fluid leakage, failure of fusion, problems relating to any implants used. Some of these may improve, but may not. ...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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I was wondering what are the side effects of surgery for spondylolisthesis?

2 broad a?: So many variations as to where, how : front, back or both. Who is performing it, , how many levels, what grade is the slip ; more.....B more specific. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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