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Spondylolisthesis Causes

Spondylolisthesis--the forward slipping of a vertebra--is most commonly diagnosed in the lumbar region of the spinal column. Many people have spondylolisthesis without knowing the condition exists. In fact, some may be born with a tendency toward spondylolisthesis that is undetected until increased physical activity in the adolescent and adult years. Activities such as gymnastics or weightlifting are common causes of spondylolisthesis in young adults.

Other causes of spondylolisthesis include sports such as football and occupations that require a lot of heavy lifting. Poor posture and a lack of strengthening exercises play a role in the propensity of spondylolisthesis to develop. In addition, automobile accidents or other types of trauma may cause the slippage of a vertebra, leading to the development of spondylolisthesis symptoms.

Treatment for Spondylolisthesis Causes
Degenerative spondylolisthesis occurs as a result of aging in many individuals over the age of 50. The narrowing of the spinal canal may require surgical intervention to relieve the pain. Surgery such as the Bonati arthroscopic laminectomy may be necessary if conservative treatment is unsuccessful in relieving the symptoms. A portion of the lamina is removed to provide access to the nerve space in the spinal canal. Enlarging the area around the nerve is necessary to reduce the irritation that causes compression on the nerve root.

At The Bonati Institute, the procedure to resolve the pain and discomfort of spondylolisthesis is performed under local anesthesia with only a tiny incision. Instead of having a large incision that possibly causes muscle damage and a lengthy recovery time, the arthroscopic laser technique at The Bonati Institute offers more rapid results with a much shorter recovery.

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