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What causes spondylolisthesis?

What causes spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis: Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of one vertebrae over another. Causes can be degenerative arthritis, trauma/fracture, congenital, or stress fracture of the pars intraarticularis which is often caused by sports involving hyperextension of the back. ...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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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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Does being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

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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Could being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Could being overweight cause the pain from spondylolisthesis to be worse?

Yes: Obesity plays a role in back pain in general and now you are adding an unstable level. It may also signify a lack of regular exercise as well which is a factor. Secondary to the obesity may be diabetes which can affect your nerves directly and lead to a neuropathy which may compound any stenosis symptoms if present with the spondylolisthesis level. ...Read more

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What to do if I have spondylolisthesis which causes back spasms. thoughts?

What to do if I have spondylolisthesis which causes back spasms. thoughts?

RX for low back pain: Non-surgical treatment for adult patients with an isthmic spondylolisthesis is similar to other low back ailments including medications for muscle relaxation and pain, ice packs, and physical therapy to build up core muscles ...Read more

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Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

No: Most likely no. It would have to be a high grade slip to push against the blood vessels to and from your leg. If you have swelling of one foot/ankle, talk to your primary doctor. It can be a sign of a blood clot. ...Read more

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Lumbar retrolisthesis vs spondylolisthesis. What are the mechanics? How does it happen? Can a fall cause it? Does it cause back pain?

Lumbar retrolisthesis vs spondylolisthesis.  What are the mechanics?  How does it happen?  Can a fall cause it? Does it cause back pain?

Typically a : Retrolisthesis is due to degenerative changes leading to this instability pattern. A spondylolisthesis can occur by the same mechanism or by trauma or genetic in nature. Since there are abnormal mechanics leading to this, they remain abnormal and can lead to pain in back or even radicular symptoms due to nerve irritation, development of spinal or foramenal stenosis or possibly disc herniation. ...Read more

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Would Spina Bifida Occulta cause Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. Are they both related? Thanks

Would Spina Bifida Occulta cause Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1.
Are they both related?  Thanks

Possibly: Spina Bifida occulta is often an incidental finding when someone develops back pain and has an x-ray done. This is due to incomplete fusion of the spinous process. This area of the spine usually does not result in instability but if there were other defects, such as the pars, then this could result in the slippage you are describing. Discuss with your Doc. ...Read more