Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis


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Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis

Grade 1 spondylolisthesis, or a slipped disc, is a spinal condition that can be very painful. When one vertebra slips forward over the other, the result is uncomfortable friction exacerbated by motion. While pain is sometimes confined to the area of slippage, a slipped disc can also put pressure on adjacent nerve roots, causing numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in the extremities.

Grade 1 spondylolisthesis can happen as the result of injury at any age, but it usually arises gradually in older adults. As the spinal discs undergo wear and tear, they may become dried out and compressed. This compression of the spine can cause the vertebrae to overlap one another, while the disc itself may protrude into the spinal canal, pinching nerves.

How is Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis Diagnosed and Treated?
The best way to confirm a diagnosis of grade 1 spondylolisthesis is through MRI and CT scans. These images allow your doctor to see the exact position of the slipped disc and the degree of slippage so far. Physical therapy is usually the first step toward managing symptoms of grade 1 spondylolisthesis. However, if this method fails to control pain, surgical treatment may be the best option.

Specializing in advanced surgery for chronic back and neck conditions, The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery offers effective, minimally invasive procedures for treating spondylolisthesis. The Bonati Arthroscopic Laminectomy involves relieving any pressure on the spinal nerves by selectively removing a portion of the lamina, creating more room in the spine for the nerves. For a full description, please visit the Institute's website at www.bonati.com.


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