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What are the tests for spondylolisthesis?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Studies and exam

Typically, imaging studies including an MRI, standing flex ion and extension films, possibly a CT scan and of course a consultation with a spine specialist.
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In brief: Studies and exam

Typically, imaging studies including an MRI, standing flex ion and extension films, possibly a CT scan and of course a consultation with a spine specialist.
Check out Spine-health.com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management

In brief: Standing xrays

Standing xrays of the lumbar spine in flexion (bending forward) and extension (arching back) are best for evaluating both the misalignment and helping determine instability (does the misalignment move ).

In brief: Standing xrays

Standing xrays of the lumbar spine in flexion (bending forward) and extension (arching back) are best for evaluating both the misalignment and helping determine instability (does the misalignment move ).
Dr. Mehul Desai
Dr. Mehul Desai
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