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Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis, which means "slipped disc," is defined as a condition where one vertebra slides forward over the vertebra directly underneath it. With isthmic spondylolisthesis, the condition begins with a small stress fracture in the lumbar region of the spine. Approximately five percent of adults have such a fracture, with the majority acquiring it as the result of childhood injury. Due to the near constant motion of the back, this fracture may not heal as it would in other bones of the body.

Often, isthmic spondylolisthesis will not develop into a serious condition. Many adults have the fracture without ever experiencing slippage, while others have a small degree of slippage without having symptoms. However, if the protruding vertebra comes into contact with adjacent nerves, you may feel pain and/or numbness in your lower back, leg, and buttocks, with motion increasing your discomfort.

What Can Be Done About Isthmic Spondylolisthesis?
Many cases of isthmic spondylolisthesis can be treated through physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and other non-surgical means. Once diagnosed with the help of X-rays, CT scans or MRI equipment, your doctor will likely design a plan for you to follow. Your isthmic spondylolisthesis will be graded on a scale of I to IV, with isthmic spondylolisthesis grade I being the least serious and isthmic spondylolisthesis IV being the most cause for concern.

If your isthmic spondylolisthesis requires surgery, The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery, one of the foremost facilities of its kind, is uniquely equipped to provide treatment. Using minimally invasive methods with high success rates and short recovery periods, The Bonati Institute has helped thousands of chronic back pain sufferers reclaim normal, pain-free lives. Visit their website at www.bonati.com for more information.


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