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What is Spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis - Mayfield Clinic
Animation Wirbelgleiten (Spondylolisthesis) L5/S1: Lendenwirbel, begünstigt durch die nach vorne (ventral) geneigte Bandscheibe L5/S1, über.
What is Spondylolisthesis?
The most common level it is found is at L5-S1, although spondylolisthesis can occur at L4-5 and rarely at a higher level.
Adult isthmic spondylolisthesis most commonly occurs at the L5–S1 level of the lumbar spine.
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Spondylolysis (spon-dee-low-lye-sis) and spondylolisthesis (spon-dee-low-lis-thee-sis) are separate, yet related conditions. Spondylolysis usually comes first, though not always. The term comes from "spondylo," which means "spine," and "lysis," which means to divide. Spondylolysis is a breakdown or fracture of the narrow bridge between the upper and lower facets, called the pars interarticularis. It can occur on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral) and at any level of the spine, but most often at the fourth or fifth lumbar vertebra (Fig. 2). If spondylolysis is present, then you have the potential to develop spondylolisthesis.
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Degenerative changes in the spine (those from wear and tear) can also lead to spondylolisthesis. The spine ages and wears over time, much like hair turns gray. These changes affect the structures that normally support healthy spine alignment. Degeneration in the disc and facet joints of a spinal segment causes the vertebrae to move more than they should. The segment becomes loose, and the added movement takes a additional toll on the structures of the spine. The disc weakens, pressing the facet joints together. Eventually, the support from the facet joints becomes ineffective, and the top vertebra slides forward. Spondylolisthesis from degeneration usually affects people over 40 years old. It mainly involves slippage of L4 over L5.
Fractures Of The L4 L5 Vertebrae - Morphopedics
Degenerative spondylolisthesis, usually occurs in the lumbar spine, especially at L4-L5. It is the result of degenerative changes in the vertebral structure that cause the joints between the vertebrae to slip forward. This type of spondylolisthesis is most common among older female patients, usually those over the age of 60.
Description Fractures of L4 and L5 vertebrae are uncommon
In younger patients (under twenty years old), spondylolisthesis usually involves slippage of the fifth lumbar vertebra over the top of the sacrum. There are several reasons for this. First, the connection of L5 and the sacrum forms an angle that is tilted slightly forward, mainly because the top of the sacrum slopes forward. Second, the slight inward curve of the lumbar spine creates an additional forward tilt where L5 meets the sacrum. Finally, gravity attempts to pull L5 in a forward direction.
Morris Spinal Stenosis and Disc Center
Isthmic spondylolisthesis, the most common form of this condition, is caused by a bony defect (or fracture) in an area of the pars interarticularis, an area located in the roof (laminae) of the vertebral structure. This bony defect occurs in approximately 4% of the population, and results from a genetic failure of bone formation. The condition most commonly affects the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae (L4 and L5) and the first sacral vertebra (S1). It is interesting to note that the condition is not always painful.