Spondylolisthesis is a condition that affects the position of the vertebra. With spondylolisthesis, weakness in the vertebra causes the vertebra to slip out of normal positioning. Often, the weakness of the vertebra is due to a fracture, trauma or arthritis. This can cause a kink in the spinal nerves that leads to pain, numbness, or weakness in your back and legs.
At UAMS, we use several different diagnostic tools to diagnose spondylolisthesis. That includes:
- CT with or without dye
How You Can Contribute to a Healthier Spine
It is important to maintain a healthy spine by staying physically active, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Bone density also impacts your spine health. Ask your healthcare provider if you need a bone density exam. Maintaining a good bone density is important to reduce your risk of an osteoporotic fracture. There are medications that your doctor may prescribe that can increase your bone density and reduce your risk of fractures.
Another way to contribute to a healthy spine is to quit using nicotine products. Nicotine decreases the blood supply to your spinal discs and the bones in the spine. This has been shown to accelerate the degenerative changes in the spine. Nicotine users have been shown to have more spine pain. Nicotine cessation is very important for your spine health.spondylolisthesis