Spondylolisthesis is a condition of the lower spine in which one of the bones of the vertebral column slips out of its proper place and slides over to the vertebra below it.

Spondylolisthesis is a condition where a bone of the vertebral column, usually in the lower back, slips over the next vertebra.


The vertebral column or backbone is made up of several individual bones called vertebrae. Each vertebra is stacked on the next, with a disc called the intervertebral disc between the two. A condition in which the disc moves out of its position is called disc prolapse. When a whole vertebra slips out of its position, either forwards or backwards, the condition is called spondylolisthesis.

The vertebral column houses the spinal cord. Nerves from the spinal cord exit the vertebral column though small openings between the adjacent vertebrae. Thus, spondylolisthesis could cause compression of the exiting nerve roots resulting in mild-to-severe pain and other nerve-related symptoms.

There are a number of causes of spondylolisthesis. Some cases may be due to a problem present from birth, whereas in other cases it may be due to some cause appearing later in life. These causes include age-related degenerative changes, trauma and damage to the spinal column due to diseases like cancer.

The most common symptom of spondylolisthesis is lower back pain. In cases where the nerves are compressed, the patient may suffer from pain along the distribution of the nerve, and in some cases, weakness or paralysis of the legs. Surgery is recommended to treat such extreme conditions.

Spondylolisthesis is diagnosed by taking an X-ray of the lower back. Other imaging tests like CT and MRI are also used for a more accurate diagnosis.

Treatment of spondylolisthesis depends upon the severity of the condition. Milder conditions can be treated with physiotherapy, while surgery is recommended for extreme conditions.


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GuptaNavneet Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My wife is aged 32, she is suffering with Spondylolisthesis grade 2. Kindly advise me, who will be the best doctor whether Orthopadics or Neuro Surgen will treat. We are residing in Delhi,
Navneet Gupta

ChinmayNath Friday, August 27, 2010

Spondylolisthesis may be-1)congenital 2)isthmic 3)degenerative 4) traumatic 5)Pathological 6)Iatrogenic.
It may be Grade 1-100% slip.High grade listhesis(Gr1&2), patients with unstable listhesis, neurological deficit and young symptomatic patients need operative treatment.

chandana Das Saturday, December 27, 2008

lumber Spondylolisthesis at 8 and 9 during three years

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