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How are spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis generally evaluated?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
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. Ct or MRI scans can confirm or make the diagnosis as well.

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. Ct or MRI scans can confirm or make the diagnosis as well.
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Imaging
X-rays, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), ct (computerized tomography) are the common diagnostic tools.
They are useful when symptoms are disabling despite appropriate conservative treatment.

In brief: Imaging
X-rays, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), ct (computerized tomography) are the common diagnostic tools.
They are useful when symptoms are disabling despite appropriate conservative treatment.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: By a complete
Medical history and physical exam followed by as indicated: plain x-rays or radiographs, ct, bone scan and/or mri.
Response or lack of response to treatment is also part of the evaluation if one has symptoms as up to 50% may not have any symptoms.

In brief: By a complete
Medical history and physical exam followed by as indicated: plain x-rays or radiographs, ct, bone scan and/or mri.
Response or lack of response to treatment is also part of the evaluation if one has symptoms as up to 50% may not have any symptoms.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
In brief: H&PXrays/MRI/CatScan
These conditions of the spine are evaluated by taking a detailed History,Thorough Physical Exam including Neurological Exam,Imaging like MRI/CAT SCAN and Xray of the Spine including Flexion /Extension Films and EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies

In brief: H&PXrays/MRI/CatScan
These conditions of the spine are evaluated by taking a detailed History,Thorough Physical Exam including Neurological Exam,Imaging like MRI/CAT SCAN and Xray of the Spine including Flexion /Extension Films and EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
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.

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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