Top 10 Spinal Injuries
Literally slipped vertebra in Greek, degenerative spondylolisthesis is the end result of degenerative disk and facet joint disease except that instead of the disk merely losing its height the whole vertebra slips forward on the one below. As might be anticipated, this is a condition that many times causes nerve root compression resulting in painful sensations down the lower extremities.
While non-surgical treatment of symptomatic spondylolisthesis may be effective, if symptoms worsen then surgical decompression may be necessary. Because of the inherent instability of the slipped vertebra it is almost always recommended that a fusion be performed along with any decompression procedure.