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Spondylolisthesis and Pars Fractures

A pars fracture occurs when the bony pars interarticularis breaks. This type of spinal fracture causes spondylolisthesis; a forward slip or slide of one vertebral body over the one beneath.

Physical Therapy for Spondylolisthesis

Physical therapy is an often prescribed treatment option for spondylolisthesis, a low back condition. You'll strengthen the muscles that support the spine, and you'll learn how to keep your spine safe. If you have pain, though, the first goal will be to relieve that.

Spondylolisthesis Center

Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it. The term is pronounced spondy-low-lis-thesis and is derived from the Greek language: spondylo means vertebra and listhesis means to slip. There are several types or causes of spondylolisthesis.

Chiropractic Care for Spondylolisthesis

If you have spondylolisthesis, learn how the various chiropractic techniques can help relieve your back pain.

Video Series: Exercises for Spondylolisthesis

Video series to learn easy back stretches to help with spondylolisthesis (when one vertebra slips forward over another one). Three simple stretches and exercises that may help reduce spondylolisthesis related back and leg pain.

Common Spondylolithesis Questions

Five common questions about spondylolisthesis answered, including how it may develop, symptoms, and treatment options.

Isthmic Spondylolisthesis and Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Isthmic spondylolisthesis should be differentiated from degenerative spondylolisthesis, which occurs due to the aging process along with the development of marked facet joint arthritis with rotatory vertebral slip.

Isthmic Spondylolisthesis: Symptoms and Diagnosis

Serial x-rays (radiographs) of the lumbar spine may be helpful to establish a diagnosis of isthmic spondylolisthesis. These x-rays are taken over a period of several years.

Exams and Tests for Spondylolisthesis

Most people find out they have spondylolisthesis when they have an x-ray for another problem, and it reveals a slipped vertebra.

Retrolisthesis Differs From Spondylolisthesis

Retrolisthesis is a posterior or backward slippage of a vertebral body in the spinal column. It is the opposite of spondylolisthesis, or anterolisthesis, that is an anterior or forward slip.

Degenerative Spondylolisthesis of the Lumbar Spine

Low back pain is a common degenerative spondylolisthesis symptom. This article covers non-surgical treatments for spondylolisthesis, including exercise, bracing, and medications. It also discusses surgery, although few patients will actually need surgery for spondylolisthesis.

Anatomy of Spondylolisthesis

To better understand why spondylolisthesis can cause low back pain and a change in body appearance such as swayback, it helps to know about basic spinal anatomy. This article explains how vertebrae work together to help you move.

Spondylolisthesis: Treatment, Restrictions, Bracing, Medication

Approximately 5% of the population has a spondylolisthesis, but many of those people will never need any treatment. The grade of slip (grades 1-5) and your symptoms will help determine your treatment.

Non-surgical Treatments for Spondylolisthesis

Most patients with a spondylolisthesis will not need spine surgery to treat this low back problem. Information about 6 nonsurgical treatments is offered.

Surgery for Spondylolisthesis

Most patients do not need spondylolisthesis surgery. A spine surgeon thoughtfully explains different grades of severity, why surgery may be necessary, and the surgical procedures.
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