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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Spondylolisthesis (Overview)

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 to having severe pain.


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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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Dr. Michael Bolesta
301 doctors shared insights

Spondylolisthesis (Overview)

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 to having severe pain.


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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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I fell, dr took x-rays and said I have congenital spondylolisthesis. Insurance company says my pain couldnt be from fall because dr diagnose congental?

Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis can be congenital or acquired. For whatever reason you have it, it can lead to greater risk for injury if you have a fall impacting the area involved. Would suggest you discuss with your doctor and appeal the insurance company's decision. Even if they knew it was present before a fall, it still has a risk of being associated with greater injury to nerves and the spine. ...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 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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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 are the best ways to treat spondylolisthesis?

What are the best ways to treat spondylolisthesis?

Exercises: Spondylolisthesis is often found on x-ray examination as an incidental findings. Just because it is there, does not mean that it is the cause of your symptoms. When is established that this is the cause of your symptoms, then exercises, bracing and nsaids such as tylenol, advil and aleve make help. If not prescription pain medication may be prescribed. If all fail then surgical intervention. ...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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