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How does degenerative spondylolisthesis affect pregnancy?

How does degenerative spondylolisthesis affect pregnancy?

It does not: Degenerative spondylolisthesis usually is not seen before age 50. While is rarely occurs earlier, it should have no direct affect on pregnancy. ...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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How will degenerative spondylolisthesis affect a pregnancy?

How will degenerative spondylolisthesis affect a pregnancy?

Not much: Most of these are mild deformities i. Terms of degree of slip. There may be some increased back pain with a change in terms of loss of your core muscle support and center of gravity as the pregnancy progresses but it should not affect the pregnancy or birth or even the utilization of an epidural. A pregnancy harness may help as you progress with the pregnancy. ...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 does degenerative arthritis affect your body?

How does degenerative arthritis affect your body?

Rigidity, pain: Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis affects any joint in the body including the back, neck, shoulders, knees, ankles, hips, fingers. It causes chronic pain, and decrease in function of the affected areas usually symmetrical. When the cartilage between the two bones disappears then only replacement of the joint could relieve it. The last resort before surgery is to inject lubricants (hyalgan). ...Read more

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How does a woman's scoliosis affect child bearing?

How does a woman's scoliosis affect child bearing?

Shouldn't: Unless it decreases pelvic volume, by its severity, most scoliosis should not cause an issue for childbearing. ...Read more

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How does scoliosis affect the cells?

How does scoliosis affect the cells?

See below: Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. While this may lead to pain at times it does not affect the "cells". ...Read more

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How does chronic periodontitis affect pregnancy?

How does chronic periodontitis affect pregnancy?

Several things:: Among other things, it could result in preterm labor or low birth weight. The body is stressed enough during pregnancy. Bacterial infection adds to that. Also, the increase in Progesterone levels during pregnancy cause soft tissues to relax; this includes your gums. Even otherwise healthy gums may swell and bleed during pregnancy. Periodontitis could flare up and get worse during this time. ...Read more

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How does periodontal disease affect pregnancy?

How does periodontal disease affect pregnancy?

Oral-Systemic Link: Simply put: periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that causes red, swollen, bleeding gums. The bacteria enter the bloodstream here and can cross he placenta. Preterm delivery and/or low birth weight have been reported. See your dentist, &develop perfect home care . Consider perio protect. ...Read more

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How can scoliosis affect the vertabrae?

How can  scoliosis affect the vertabrae?

Like a coiled spring: Grab both ends of a spring and twist. This creates a helical curvature of the spring. Similar in the spine. The spine is twisted along its length with the apical vertebra (middle of curves) twisted toward the convexity, protruding the ribs backwards on this side. This rotation then disappears at the neutral vertebra (not rotated) which transition between curves. ...Read more

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How could hip dislocation affect pregnancy?

How could hip dislocation affect pregnancy?

Canal width...: Hip dislocations may affect the ability of the pelvic muscles to function properly during labor; and may impede the head of the fetus from "dropping" into the birth canal effectively. It may also interfere with the process of labor...Best to ask your OB about this; c-sections may be a consideration in this case. ...Read more

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How does a hip fracture affect women with osteoporosis?

How does a hip fracture affect women with osteoporosis?

Increases new risks: Women with hip fractures and osteoporosis are at higher risk for another fragility fracture in the future. Work on balance, strengthen your leg muscles with weight bearing exercise, take your calcium and vitamin d, ask your doctor about bone stimulating medications. ...Read more

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Does degenerative disc disease really progress or does it stay the same?

Does degenerative disc disease really progress or does it stay the same?

It can progress: Asit progresses it can become less symptomatic it's "worsening" on x-ray or MRI may not involve worse symptomsor any symptoms at all just because you have back pain and ddd on imaging doesn't mean it is the cause of your dback pain. ...Read more

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How does lumbar spondylosis progress?

How does lumbar spondylosis progress?

Varies: Always as one ages but accelerated by smoking and if a genetic predisposition. Obesity also has a negative effect. ...Read more

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How does scoliosis affect your body?

How does scoliosis affect your body?

Scoliosis: There are varying degrees of scoliosis, from mild to severe. Mild may lead to some back pain, usually mild. Severe scoliosis can lead to severe deformity of the back, pressure on the abdominal organs, compression of lungs, difficulty with activities, pain and shortness of breath. If you have scoliosis, check with your doctor to assess the change, follow to see if it progresses, and referral. ...Read more

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How does pregnancy affect ibd?

How does pregnancy affect ibd?

May worsen disease: Activity of uc and cd at time of conception greatly predicts disease course. If in remission, most stay in remission (2/3) where as 1/3 will flare. Disease that is active during conception usually does not go into remission during the course of pregnancy and may even get worse. ...Read more

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How will lumbar spinal stenosis affect my life?

How will lumbar spinal stenosis affect my life?

Potentially: Spinal stenosis can definitely affect someone's life by causing pain and limiting a persons ability to stand and walk. Consider being seen, there are many good treatment options available. ...Read more

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How could lupus affect the spine? Could it cause degenerative disc disease or ruptured disc?

How could lupus affect the spine? Could it cause degenerative disc disease or ruptured disc?

Autoimmune disease: Lupus usually does not directly effect the spine or disks. There are pains, myalgias associated with lupus. In general lupus is not a direct player in spinal joint issues. Lupus can effect the spinal cord and brain, but this is a completely different matter and generally does not cause pain. ...Read more

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How can fibromyalgia affect pregnancy?

How can fibromyalgia affect pregnancy?

Meds?: Fibromyalgia is not thought to have an adverse effect on pregnacy, although their may be some issues with medications during pregancy. Best to avoid them, unless signficant co-existent depression is there. Exercise daily, get good sleep, and talk to your doc about discontinuing meds or continuing meds. ...Read more

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How does degenerative spondylolisthesis affect pregnancy?

It does not: Degenerative spondylolisthesis usually is not seen before age 50. While is rarely occurs earlier, it should have no direct affect on pregnancy. ...Read more

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How will degenerative spondylolisthesis affect a pregnancy?

Not much: Most of these are mild deformities i. Terms of degree of slip. There may be some increased back pain with a change in terms of loss of your core muscle support and center of gravity as the pregnancy progresses but it should not affect the pregnancy or birth or even the utilization of an epidural. A pregnancy harness may help as you progress with the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What pregnancy risks does spondylolisthesis pose?

None: There is usually no risk other than possibly some increased risk of some back pain during the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the pregnancy risks in a woman with spondylolisthesis?

What are the pregnancy risks in a woman with spondylolisthesis?

Low: Although spondylolisthesis was first discovered by an obstetrician and thought to interfere with pregnancy and delivery, it rarely prevents a woman from bearing and delivering a child. Back and leg pain during pregnancy are common, and may not be due to the spondylolisthesis. ...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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Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Depends: Grade I L5S1 spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis- no intervention needed if no referable symptoms. Otherwise, physical exam including neurologic function to rule out neurologic deficits. With no referable significant deficit, physical therapy is usually a good start. ...Read more

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Hi. I’m only 18 and it’s terrifying to have spondylolisthesis. I want to know if it can be reversed through effective physical therapy? What must I do

Hi. I’m only 18 and it’s terrifying to have spondylolisthesis. I want to know if it can be reversed through effective physical therapy? What must I do

No: spondylolisthesis is a malalignment of vertebral bodies and requires surgery to correct if producing symptoms of cord compression. While physical therapy may strengthen muscles and alleviate symptoms somewhat, it does not cure the condition. See neurologist to assess for symptoms and whether surgery is required or not ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time deciding on spinal fusion and a laminectomy. What is the long term prognosis if I don't? G1 spondylolisthesis, R&L foraminal sten

Gradual worsening: Gradual worsening with foot drops if you have significant neurologic symptoms peotecting the nervesc with reconstruction has a better long term out com if you have only axial backache surgical outcome is less obviously beneficial wiltze urged us to wait for the leg pain then intervene if you dont have leg pain then your nerves are ok. ...Read more

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What can help people with spondylolisthesis?

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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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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I had have spondylolisthesis. What will happen over the course of my life?

Depends: 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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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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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 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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I was told by my ER dr tonight that I have severe Spondylolisthesis? What is this?

Spondylolisthesis: refers to the slippage of one vertebra forward relative to the one below it. (if it is displaced backward it is usually referred to as retrolisthesis ) This can occur as the result of trauma or can be due to arthritic degeneration (which for some reason occurs more often in women) Rarely one is born with the condition (dysplastic spondylolisthesis) www.healthtap.com/drericweisman (I'm in KY) ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more