What is Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition which affects the vertebrae in the back. This condition occurs when one of the lower vertebrae slips onto the bone underneath. This condition is commonly known as a slipped disc. Slipped discs are common in fast bowlers in cricket.

Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis

Symptoms depend on the nature and gravity of the case; some mild conditions may have no symptoms. Common symptoms for more serious cases include muscular pain in the thighs or gluteus, lower back pain, tenderness in the affected area and a limited range of movement. In extreme cases, spondylolisthesis may result in a change in the shape of the spine, which may cause roundback (kyphosis) or swayback (lordosis). If the nerves are affected, this may result in sensations of pain stemming from the affected area.

Treating Spondylolisthesis

Mild cases can usually be improved by undertaking a course of specific stretches and exercises. More serious cases will usually require surgery. Surgery is effective in up to 90% of cases.

Other considerations

If you think you have a slipped disc, you should consult your doctor and try to limit the amount of movement you do; this will help to prevent any further injury.

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