Doctors use the to classify the degree of vertebral slippage. Slips are graded on the basis of the percentage that one vertebral body has slipped forward over the vertebral body below.
Your doctor considers the degree of slip and factors, such as intractable pain and neurological symptoms, when deciding on the most suitable treatment.
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Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition in which one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below.
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If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box. If you have Grade 4 anterolisthesis it means 100% slippage.Slippage of the disks in your lower back, in plain terms, means the lower spine is curved out too much (spondylolisthesis) and is making the nerves not fuse.Degenerative spondylolisthesis is most common among older female patients, usually over age 60.Slip of L5 vertebra on sacrum Some people with spondylolisthesis are symptom-free and discover the disorder when seeing their doctor for another health problem.This means the spondylolisthesis worsens with time and may cause spinal stenosis.This is why it is important to follow-up with your doctor to monitor your treatment progress and spondylolisthesis.Your surgeon will explain how your surgery will be performed, as well as the benefits and risks of the procedure.Bone model showing interbody cages, screws and rods Degenerative spondylolisthesis does not mean you have to live in pain.Degenerative spondylolisthesis usually occurs in the lumbar (low back) spine, more commonly at L4-L5 (4th and 5th lumbar vertebral levels).Spondylolisthesis can result from degenerative changes in the vertebral structure that causes the joints between the vertebrae to slip forward and may lead to spinal stenosis.