Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Differences Between Spondylolisthesis and Spondylosis

Spondylolisthesis and Spondylosis Causes and Treatment Options

Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of one spinal vertebra over another. Spondylosis is a bony defect at the junction of the superior and inferior articulating processes, pars interarticularis. A vertebra may slip forward as a result of this bony defect and may cause neurological signs and symptoms. This condition is more commonly seen in males. Spondylolisthesis is more likely to be unstable, and the forward slippage may progress during adolescence.

How is Spondylolisthesis classified?

Classifications of spondylosis and spondylolisthesis are based on the factors resulting in these conditions. Type 1 is due to a congenital deficiency of the bony architecture of the spinal vertebra. This bony weakness can cause the forward slippage of L5 on S1 vertebra. Type 1 dysplastic spondylolisthesis has a higher genetic association. So the first-degree relatives of the affected individual are more predisposed to spondylolisthesis. Type 2 isthmic spondylolisthesis involves damage in the pars interarticularis. This is most commonly seen at the L5/S1 level. Chronic stress fracture, chronic repetitive stress leading to elongated but intact pars, or acute pars fracture can cause defect at pars interarticularis. Type 3 is due to intersegmental instability from chronic degenerative changes and usually involves L4 and L5. Type 4 has a traumatic factor, and type 5 involves other pathologic factors.

Spondylolisthesis classifications

Spondylolisthesis may cause or complicate lower back conditions. Symptoms of spondylolisthesis may include lower back pain, pain, or numbness in the lower limbs, weakness in the legs or loss of bowel and bladder control in severe cases. Some spondylolisthesis may not cause any symptoms until later years in life.

What is the best treatment for spondylolisthesis in Malaysia?

Spondylolisthesis in Malaysia is treated through chiropractic, physiotherapy or spine surgery. Spine surgery such as spinal fusion is the leading surgical method used to help parents with spondylolisthesis. However, its success rate is low. It is better to opt for chiropractic treatment combined with physiotherapy. The best non-surgical center for spondylolisthesis in Malaysia is Chiropractic Specialty Center®. Our methods and spine technology can help you recover without surgery or injections. However, spondylolisthesis grades III and IV will require surgical consultation. Call our center today to see how our experts can help your recovery today. 

For more information about spondylolisthesis and spondylosis treatment by calling 03-2093 1000.

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