THE MORE YOU KNOW - UNDERSTANDING SPONDYLOLYSIS AND SPONDYLOLISTHESIS PART 3

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Part 1 of this series covered the basics of what Spondylolysis was and part 2 discussed different treatment options. The third installment in this series will focus on when Spondylolysis moves into Spondylolisthesis.

Spondylolysis is the stress fracture. For some cases of Spondylolysis, the fracture weakens the bone quite a bit. It is weakened so much that it is unable to maintain its proper position in the spine—and the vertebra starts to shift or slip out of place. This condition is called Spondylolisthesis.

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Doctors commonly describe Spondylolisthesis as either low grade or high grade, depending upon the amount of slippage. A high-grade slip occurs when more than 50 percent of the width of the fractured vertebra slips forward on the vertebra below it. Patients with high-grade slips are more likely to experience significant pain and nerve injury and to need surgery to relieve their symptoms.

How do you know if you have Spondylolysis or Spondylolisthesis? Only a consultation with a qualified physician. As always, it's important to note that this is not a substitute for medical advice. If you would like information on this condition or if you want to schedule an appointment to be seen by one of our nationally renowned doctors, please fill out the form on this page.

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