Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of 1 vertebra adjacent to a different. The condition of spondylolisthesis has degrees of severity from Grade I to Grade IV (Grade I being least severe and Grade IV being the foremost severe). The grade is going to be designated by the measure of displacement for the bone.

Often times, patients can be diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and not have any symptoms in the slightest degree. Different times, spondylolisthesis will cause spinal cord compressed and nerve root irritation which will cause debilitating symptoms for a patient. In addition, as a result of the natural alignment of the vertebra is compromised, joints within the spine and even discs will become overworked and cause further issues for a patient.

What causes spondylolisthesis?

As with most spine conditions, spondylolisthesis can be caused by a variety of things.

Congenital spondylolisthesis — this implies the condition was present at birth.

Degenerative spondylolisthesis — Condition developed over time thanks to the natural wear and tear of the spine

Traumatic spondylolisthesis — Condition was the results of a traumatic incident like a car accident or slip and fall.

Depending on the grade and also the severity of symptoms, there are many alternative treatment choices obtainable to patients who are diagnosed with symptomatic spondylolisthesis.

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Symptoms a patient may experience from spondylolisthesis can include:

Pain that is local to the mid back, low back, or neck

Radicular symptoms such as pain shooting into the extremities (shoulders, arms, hands, legs, hips, and feet)

Numbness or tingling

Weakness or atrophy in extremities

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