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Started by dianerebecca on 08/05/2010 2:06am

How do you or the doctor know what caused your spondylolisthesis? I had a fall on ice and after that fall I have been in pain on my right side, tailbone, lower back, sometimes my toes tingle and my leg tingles and hurts. I did not have any of this before my fall. The doctor says I was born with it. How can he tell this? I have been diagonised with grade 1 spondylolisthesis L5 upon the sacrum, bilateral spondylolysis at L5 with small disc protrusion L5 S1 with annular tear L4 -5, L3 far left lateral disc protrusion, buldging disc ...... I'm in quite a bit of pain and I am only 46. I was active before and played tournament tennis. This fall happened at work so it is a workmans comp issue, I just have a problem with them telling me I was born with this. I was fine before. I'm confused. I have lost 15 pounds because they say im over weight, it does not help. In fact it feels worse. I can not do simple things like clean my home. After 20 min i'm in a lot of pain.

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So sorry you have this pain too. So do I. The doctors usually say you are predisposed to this due to arthritis, maybe runs in your family. That is all they know really. If MRI or such shows damage, then that is another angle. Do you have fractures in that area. That can cause pain too. Something should be done, or you will have pain always.....
Good luck,


It depends on what type of spondylolisthesis u have as to what may have caused it. There are 5 differentof the pe types.there are five major types of lumbar spondylolisthesis. 1. Dysplastic spondylolisthesis: which is caused by a defect in the formation of part of the vertabra called the facet that allows it to slip forward. This is a congenital condition that a patient is born with. 2. Isthmic spondylolisthesis: there is a defect in a portion of the vertebra called the pars interarticularis. If there is a defect without a slip, the patient has spondylolysis. Isthmic spondylolisthesis can be caused by repetitive trauma, and is more common in athletes exposed to hyperextension motions including gymnasts and football linemen. This is the kind of spondylolisthesis I have and the most common type most ppl have. 3. Degenerative spondylolisthesis: occurs due to arthritc changes in the joints of the vertebra due to cartilege degeneration. This kind is more common in older patients. 4. Traumatic spondylolisthesis: is due to direct trauma or injury to the vertebra. This can be caused by a fracture of the pedicle, lamina, or facet joints that allow the front portion of the vertebra to slip forward with respect top the back portion of the vertebra. 5. Pathologic spondylolisthesis: caused by a defect in the bone caused by abnormal bone, such as by a tumor. I hope this helps some. *hugs*