In these patients, there is likely to be another structural or nonstructural causation yet to be diagnosed, while the spondy is merely coincidental.Of all the common spinal abnormalities studied in exhaustive detail, vertebral misalignment is the only one which has demonstrated a direct correlation to the incidence of causing back pain.Slippage is graded I through IV: Generally, Grade I and Grade II slips do not require surgery and are treated medically.
If it slips too much, the bone might press on a nerve, causing pain. The word spondylolisthesis comes from the Greek words Spondylolisthesis is the most common cause of back pain in teens.
Symptoms of spondylolisthesis often begin during the teen-age growth spurt.
I always advise that patients maintain close contact with a spinal neurologist in order to monitor this condition, even if they are not currently experiencing any symptoms.
Spondylolisthesis can degenerate and worsen with time, although this is not always the case. Better to be safe, than sorry, so let your doctor keep an eye on the possible progression each year as a precaution.
Many people with spondylolisthesis have no symptoms and don't even know they have the condition.
When symptoms do occur, low back pain is the most common.
Of course, the vertebrae in the spine are not in a straight line, but instead are staggered in curves in order to better absorb shock and support the weight of the body through a full range of motion.
However, the progression of these curves is predictable and when a vertebrae is not in the placement one would expect, vertebral slippage can be diagnosed.
Vertebral misalignment issues can be easily diagnosed using x-rays, although MRI technology will provide a much better idea of any possible problematic nerve involvement issues which may be presented.
MRI provides a detailed image of the spine from various angles, helping diagnosticians to fully understand the potential for the abnormal alignment to source symptoms.