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Spondylolysthesis

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What is it?

Spondylolistheis occurs when one verebra slips out of position (not the same as a slipped disc). This can be due to degeneration as we age (degenerative spondylolisthesis) or when the bone connecting the joints fractures (isthmic spondylolisthesis).

Symptoms

• Lower back pain • Leg pain • Weakness of numbness in legs • Tightness or stiffness in legs • Symptoms rend to be relieved when sitting or lying down

When to see a doctor or consider surgery?

You should see your doctor if symptoms are severe, that do not improve over time and/or worsen. Surgery can be considered if non surgical treatments do not relieve symptoms. If you experience any 'Red Flags' (Symptoms requiring immidiate attention) you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

How is it diagnosed?

It is diagnosed based on your history examination and special investigations that include X-ray, CT and MRI scans.