Spondylolisthesis

Think of your spine as a number of bones (known as vertebra) that are stacked one on top of the other like a flexible pillar. (If you would like to know more, see my spine anatomy article).

When one vertebra moves forwards out of alignment with the one below it, the condition is known as spondylolisthesis - “spondylo” meaning spine and “listhesis” meaning slippage. It most often occurs in the lower or lumbar region of the spine.

When this happens, it can impinge on the spinal cord or nerve roots and when it does so, it can lead to pain. This section of looks as the causes symptoms and what you can do to alleviate spondylolisthesis.

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Spondylosthesis

When one vertebra moves forwards out of that alignment it is referred to as spondylolisthesis - “spondylo” meaning spine and “listhesis” meaning slippage. The ithmic part tells us what type of spondylolisthesis it is.

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