Spondylolisthesis in Vancouver

Spondylolisthesis describes the anterior displacement of a vertebra or the vertebral column in relation to the vertebrae below. It was first described in 1782 by Belgian obstetrician, Dr. Herbinaux. He reported a bony prominence anterior to the sacrum that obstructed the vagina of a small number of patients. The term “spondylolisthesis” was coined in 1854, from the Greek “spondyl” for vertebrae and “olisthesis” for slip. The variant "listhesis" is sometimes applied in conjunction with scoliosis. These "slips" occur most commonly in the lumbar spine.

A hangman's fracture is a specific type of spondylolisthesis where the C1 vertebra is displaced anteriorly relative to the C2 vertebra due to fractures of the C2 vertebra's pedicles. Spondylolisthesis is a dysfunction where one vertebra is displaced. The causes can be hereditary or due to structural defects, degenerative changes and injury. Some people can have it without any symptoms, but others have major pain and nerve-related symptoms.

There are 4-grades of spondylolisthesis and the first two grades are treatable with chiropractic, massage care & approapriate activity managment. The more advanced cases may require an alternate approach.

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