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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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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Spondylolysis (Definition)

Spondylolysis is a condition in which there is a specific defect in the connection between the bones that make up the spinal column. Symptoms range from having none to having low back pain that may worsen ...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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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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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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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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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)

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