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Understanding Spondylolisthesis

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Understanding Spondylolisthesis: What It Is and How It is Treated

What is spondylolisthesis and what are the reasons why it can present a significant problem for certain people? This disorder, which involves the displacement of one vertebra over another, can seriously affect quality of life. Below, we will explore what spondylolisthesis is, its causes, symptoms, and how chiropractic can help you.

What is Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra moves forward on the vertebra below it. This displacement can vary in severity and is classified into five degrees, with grade 1 being the mildest and grade 5, known as spondyloptosis, being the most severe, where the vertebra has completely displaced.

Degrees of Displacement

  • Grade 1: Displacement of the 25% of the vertebra.
  • Grade 2Displacement: 50%.
  • 3rd gradeDisplacement: 75%.
  • Grade 4Displacement: 100%.
  • Grade 5: Total displacement or spondyloptosis.

Common Causes

Spondylolisthesis affects approximately 5-6% in men and 2-3% in women, and is more common in those who perform considerable physical effort such as lifting weights. The pathology can occur from childhood but is more common in adolescence and adulthood due to increased physical activity and daily wear and tear.

Types of Spondylolisthesis

  • Degenerative: Mainly associated with arthritis, affecting the relationships between the vertebrae. It is usually more common in women and men over 50 years of age.
  • Spondylolisthesis with spondylolysis: A fracture that develops slowly in genetically predisposed people and tends to stabilize in adulthood.

Associated Symptoms

Many people with spondylolisthesis do not experience initial symptoms. However, episodes of low back pain can occur, which is more common in adults than in children. In more severe cases, the pain can radiate and become lumbosciatica. It is rarely accompanied by herniated discs.

Available Treatments

Conservative Treatments

  • Specific exercises: As gymnastics or abdominal and paravertebral exercises that help stabilize the lumbar spine.

Surgical intervention

  • spinal fusion: In cases of severe chronic pain, fusion of the vertebrae can be used to stabilize the spine.

Chiropractic and Spondylolisthesis

Chiropractic care can be very beneficial for spondylolisthesis, especially through spinal adjustments that are applied to the spinal segments of the affected vertebra. These adjustments seek to recover the biomechanical function of the spine, facilitating the flow of nerve impulses and improving communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

Benefits of Chiropractic

  • Removal of subluxations: This may lessen the effects of spondylolisthesis.
  • Muscle strengthening: Increases spinal mobility and flexibility, helping to support the affected area.
  • Prevention of new injuries: Education on how to avoid overloads on the back.

At our practice, we have seen good results in patients with spondylolisthesis who choose chiropractic care. It has helped many feel better and have fewer acute relapses than before treatment.


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We encourage you to take care of yourself from now on, without waiting until you feel sick or have various symptoms.

Chiropractic: frequently asked questions

These are some of the answers we hope to answer your questions about chiropractic, for more information visit our FAQ

Yes very sure. The Chiropractic adjustment acts on the nervous system, in order to allow the body's own recovery capacity to function normally.

Millions of people of all ages and with different problems go to the chiropractor, which has negative impacts.

Because? Chiropractic has an excellent safety record, avoiding invasive procedures.

Several studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care is 250 times safer than anti-inflammatories medical treatment.

The goal of chiropractic is to promote better body functionality.

The Central Nervous System regulates every cell of our body.

Chiropractic focuses on correcting the vertebral subluxations and interferences generated on the vertebrae and avoiding correct body functioning.

The vast majority of its users feel better, recover faster and minimize the use of medications and surgeries.

Many people who enjoy chiropractic care feel less stress, have more vitality and live better daily.

No, it isn't. Chiropractic is a sanitary profession complementary to and different from medicine (according to WHO).

It is studied in specialized chiropractic universities. The chiropractic professional receives a minimum training of 5 years that guarantees the quality and safety of the service it offers.

During the chiropractic university career, you don't study surgery or pharmacy but deeper physiology, anatomy, radiology, neurology, and specific manual chiropractic techniques.

As this profession hasn't been approved yet in Spain, you must go to a "true" chiropractic.

Many people use this legacy to practice manipulations of the vertebral column without the correct studies and knowledge.

For this reason, it is essential that, if you are looking for a chiropractor, you check the web of Asociación Española de Quiropráctica, where you can find recognized professionals with studies.

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