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Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is characterized by slipped vertebrae. This slippage occurs most often as a result of aging, as the ligaments and discs that provide support to the spine deteriorate over time. The discs of the spine exist to provide cushioning and shock absorption. As our bodies age, these discs may begin to collapse, reducing the space between the vertebrae. This reduction of space is what typically leads to slippage.

Symptoms of degenerative spondylolisthesis include localized pain in the region of the slipped disc. In addition, if the disc slips in such a way that it pinches adjacent nerves, symptoms can arise in other parts of the body. The nerves running through the spine connect to all areas of the body, and the precise symptoms will depend on exactly which nerves are being squeezed. Possible symptoms include numbness, tingling, weakness or heaviness in the legs, especially while the legs are bearing weight.

Identifying Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Degenerative spondylolisthesis can be positively diagnosed with the use of MRI and CT tests. These tools can show the exact extent of the slippage and reveal the location of pinched nerves. If physical therapy fails to provide adequate relief from symptoms, surgery may be required.

The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery Surgery specializes in advanced surgery for patients suffering from chronic back and neck conditions. For degenerative spondylolisthesis, the preferred treatment is The Bonati Arthroscopic Laminectomy, which frees the spinal nerves from pressure by removing or trimming the obstructions causing pressure in the intervertebral canals. Arthroscopic surgery brings significantly fewer risks than traditional open back surgery techniques and results in a shorter recovery period with less tissue damage. Please see www.bonati.com for complete information.

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