What are the Symptoms of Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis?

Diagnosis begins with a complete history and physical exam. Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and how the problem is affecting your daily activities. You will be asked about your involvement in sports and your level of performance. Doctors may suspect a problem with spondylolysis in football linemen, gymnasts, and those in similar sports that require intensive levels of performance. Your doctor will also want to know what positions or activities make your symptoms worse or better.

How is Spondylolysis /Spondylolisthesis Diagnosed?

The following is a classification of Spondylolisthesis and Spondylolysis according to cause:

How is Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis Treated?

In younger years, spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis are frequently unassociated with pain. In many individuals pain while bending forward increases pain. Leg pain may also occur in individuals who have developed scar tissues around the defect that contacts the exiting nerve root (sciatica)

Congenital for Spondylolysis or Spondylolisthesis

In Spondylolisthesis with a significant slip, a step-off at the lumbosacral junction is palpable, motion of the lumbar spine is restricted, and hamstring tightness is evident on straight leg raising. As the vertebral body displaces anteriorly, the individual assumes a lordotic posture above the level of the slip to compensate for the displacement. Adults may have objective signs of nerve root compression, such as motor weakness, reflex change, or sensory deficit. These signs are seldom seen in children.

Spondylolysis, in most cases, is congenital.

Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis of the Lumbar Spine

Doctors often begin by prescribing nonsurgical treatment for spondylolysis. This is because symptoms from these stress fractures often resolve with rest or bracing. In some cases, doctors simply monitor their patients' condition to see if symptoms improve. An X-ray may be taken every few months to check how well the area is healing.

Spondylolysis | Scoliosis Research Society

The lytic (subtype a) results from the separation or dissolution of the pars. The incidence of this type of Spondylolisthesis increases from less than 1 percent in children 5 years of age to 4.5 percent in children 7 years of age. The remaining 0.8 to 1 percent increase occurs between the ages of 11 to 16 years, presumably because of stress fractures caused by athletic activity. Extension movements of the spine, with lateral flexion, can increase the shearing stress at the pars interarticularis and result in Spondylolysis.

Spondylolysis in Your Lumbar Spine | Symptoms, …

is a sensitive diagnostic tool used to analyze blood flow to an organ which may help determine how that organ is functioning. It involves the injection of a small amount of radioactive substance into a vein. As the substance is circulated in the blood, it is absorbed by the tissues and then gives off energy. This energy is captured by a special camera that transfers the information to a computer. There the information is converted into a 3-dimensional picture. This picture can detect stress fractures, spondylolysis, infection, and tumors by the differences in how the radioactive substance is absorbed by normal healthy tissue vs. diseased tissue.

Repetitive trauma in clinical onset or aggravation of Spondylolisthesis and/or Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis Stress Fracture of the Spine - Verywell

The term spondylolysis is misleading. There may be no crack in the bone because that bone could just be cartilage that never formed into bone. This shows up as a hole or gap on an X-ray. Or it could be that the back part of the vertebra broke off and tried to heal itself with scar tissue sometime in childhood.

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Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis - The Spine …

Most people with spondylolysis / spondylolisthesis are asymptomatic and are unaware they have the condition. When symptoms are present, however, they may include:

A posterior spinal fusion of a segment of adjoining vertebra, prior to clinical onset only of Spondylolysis or Spondylolisthesis

How is Spondylolysis /Spondylolisthesis ..

Although this subtype has a strong hereditary tendency, it makes up only half of the dysplastic group. The elongated pars (subtype b) is believed to result from micro fractures that heal with an elongated pars rather than from a lytic lesion. Acute pars fractures (subtype c) always result from significant trauma; these are rare and most frequently occur with Spondylolysis rather than with Spondylolisthesis.