Spondylosis — the correlation between spondylosis and spondylolisthesis

Spondylosis is a common spine condition that typically affects people later in life. The term spondylosis describes the natural degeneration of the spine. While mild cases of spondylosis generally do not carry symptoms, more progressive cases of the condition might result in the development of other spine conditions.

One of the spine conditions associated with spondylosis is spondylolisthesis, which is the slippage of the spinal vertebrae. Symptoms of spondylolisthesis often include stiffness, limited mobility, and pain in the lower back. If you are experiencing these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your physician to determine the cause of your pain and create a treatment plan to help you find relief.

The relationship between spondylosis and spondylolisthesis

Having a deeper understanding of spondylosis and spondylolisthesis can help you understand why the two spine conditions are often associated with each other. The spine is made of a stack of bones, called vertebrae, which form the structure of the spine. In between each vertebra is a disc and joints, which allow the vertebrae to move and bend easily.

Spondylosis describes the natural deterioration of the vertebrae, joints and discs in the spine due to the natural aging process combined with years of movement and lifestyle factors like posture and weight gain. Spondylolisthesis describes the misalignment of the vertebrae of the spine due to the deterioration of joints and discs to hold the vertebrae in place.

As the joints and discs deteriorate due to spondylosis and other causes, a vertebra might slip out of alignment. This condition is described as spondylolisthesis.

Symptoms of spondylolisthesis caused by spondylosis

Spondylosis generally causes symptoms in relation to nerve compression and isn’t necessarily painful. Spondylolisthesis often results in pain and stiffness in the back and limited mobility when moving or bending. The most common symptoms associated with spondylolisthesis include:

  • Chronic pain in back
  • Radiating pain in leg and buttock
  • Difficulty bending or moving
  • Pain when bending or moving
  • Inability to stand, sit or walk for extended periods of time

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult your physician about a diagnosis of your condition and the treatment options available to you. Spondylolisthesis can often be managed with a course of conservative treatments but surgery can become an option if weeks or months do not bring the relief needed for a good quality of life.

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