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According to MRI I have slight reversed spondylolisthesis of c6. Why is it reversed?

According to MRI I have slight reversed spondylolisthesis of c6. Why is it reversed?

Unsure: A reversal of a spondylolisthesis is possibly a radiologist 's term that I am unfamiliar with.If c6 has a " spondylo" it means that it has slipped forward on the vertebral body below it(c7). If it is " reversed" it may mean that it has slipped ' backward' on c7.(retrolisthesis)...? Possibly due to disc degeneration/ facet joint arthrosis/ instability etc. Check w/ your physician about significance. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a bone in the lower part of the spine slips out of its normal position into the bone underneath it. It can occur in both children and adults, and its symptoms range from having none at all ...Read more


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What are common complications of spondylolisthesis?

What are common complications of spondylolisthesis?

Pain: Back pain is the most common symptom. Nerve symptoms can also occur: numbness, tingling, pain in the legs. Rarely it can affect the ability to empty the bladder or bowels. ...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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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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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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Can you explain the different grades of spondylolisthesis?

Can you explain the different grades of  spondylolisthesis?

Grading: Defined by how much the bone has shifted (translated) compared with the bone next to it. Grade 1- 0-25% translation, 2-25-50% translation, 3-50-75% translation, 4-75-100% translation. Greater than 100% is called spondyloptosis. ...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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My sister says she has spondylolisthesis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Perhaps: There are several types or causes of spondylolisthesis (slippage forward of one spinal bone on top of the one below it). It is not strictly inherited (as in a single gene), but the tendency toward it probably is influenced genetically. ...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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