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Doctor insights on: Spondylosis Vs Spondylolysis Vs Spondylolisthesis

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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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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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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How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis typically treated?

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 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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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?

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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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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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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Anyone diagnosed spondylolisthesis?

What is the question: Spondylolithesis is diagnosed by flexion and extension xrays but may also be picked up on mri. ...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, (acetaminophen) 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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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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Spondylolisthesis is painful and depressing, any advice?

Consult a specialist: Spondylolisthesis is a spinal deformity which can be something you were born with or be acquired. It is correctable with surgery. You should consult either a spine orthopedic surgeon or a spine neurosurgeon. Research the specialists available to you on line by going to the scoliosis research society or ask your primary health care provider. ...Read more

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My spondylolisthesis is painful and depressing, any advice?

Agree w Dr Linville: Determine if this is the cause of your pain. If yes, then find out all your treatment options -so that you can work on improving this. Don't give in to pain & depression if improvment is possible. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis: 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 or nerve root compression. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Spondylolysis (Definition)

Spondylosis is a broad term that means degeneration of the spine, more commonly known as osteoarthritis. This can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or ...Read more


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Spondylosis (Definition)

Degenerative ...Read more