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Spondylolisthesis is a condition that occurs when one vertebra slips forward over another vertebra. The degree of spondylolisthesis present is noted by how much the vertebra has slipped over the lower vertebra. For instance, a 25 percent slippage equates to a Grade 1 classification, 50 percent slippage is Grade 2, etc., up to a Grade 5, which indicates the vertebral body has fallen off completely.

There are different types of spondylolisthesis. For instance, developmental spondylolisthesis may be present at birth or may develop during early childhood. Even though it is present, it may not become apparent until later in life. Another type of spondylolisthesis is acquired spondylolisthesis, which can become apparent in two ways: 1) degeneration due to wear or heavy physical activity or 2) from a force to the spine such as a fall or from repeated attack.

Relief from Spondylolisthesis
The most common location for spondylolisthesis is the lumbar (lower) spine. Males are more likely to be diagnosed with spondylolisthesis than females because of the relationship of heavy physical activities with the symptoms of the disorder. Weightlifting is one physical activity that has been noted to produce spondylolisthesis. Football, because of the repeated attack on the spinal column, is another known cause of spondylolisthesis.

At The Bonati Institute, relief from the pain of spondylolisthesis is possible using the endoscopic and arthroscopic laser techniques known as The Bonati Procedures. These procedures makes it possible to repair damaged vertebrae without the need for opening a large incision. A tiny entry point is made for the instruments, and only a local anesthetic is required. The state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center has everything from high-tech diagnostic equipment to a skilled, caring staff.

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