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Can you tell me the difference between scoliosis and spondylolisthesis?
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Curve vs slip
Spondylolisthesis means one spine bone has shifted forward on the one below it.
It is seen on a side view x-ray (or other imaging study). Scoliosis is a curve seen on the frontal view x-ray (a straight line is normal). In reality though, scoliosis is a rotational deformity; the individual bones are rotated from the normal position, affecting the shape in the front view mainly, but also in others.

In brief: Curve vs slip
Spondylolisthesis means one spine bone has shifted forward on the one below it.
It is seen on a side view x-ray (or other imaging study). Scoliosis is a curve seen on the frontal view x-ray (a straight line is normal). In reality though, scoliosis is a rotational deformity; the individual bones are rotated from the normal position, affecting the shape in the front view mainly, but also in others.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Yes
Both are spinal deformities.
A scoliosis is a rotational deformity of the spine making it look curved while a spondylolisthesis is a shifting of one vertebral bone over another. Sometimes you can feel the step off that this can create when running a hand over the middle of someone's back that has a spondylolisthesis.

In brief: Yes
Both are spinal deformities.
A scoliosis is a rotational deformity of the spine making it look curved while a spondylolisthesis is a shifting of one vertebral bone over another. Sometimes you can feel the step off that this can create when running a hand over the middle of someone's back that has a spondylolisthesis.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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