Manchester Physio - Musculoskeletal and Neurological Physiotherapy Skip navigation
Call us on
0161 883 0077
office@manchesterphysio.co.uk
Book an appointment
About us We work with Clinics Services Treatments What we treat Pilates Appointments FAQs Contact
Home     What we treat     Musculoskeletal Problems     Lower Back     Spondylolisthesis    

Spondylolisthesis

What is Spondylolisthesis?



Spondylolistheisis is the slipping of one vertebra forward relative to another. It is often associated with defects that usually develop in early childhood and has a definite family predisposition. Stress fractures that develop due to athletic activity rarely result in spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is most commonly seen in children between the ages of 9 and 14. In the majority of cases it is the L5 vertebra that slips forward relative to S1.


What causes Spondylolisthesis



Causes of spondylolisthesis include:
  • Spondylosis
  • Genetics
  • Weakened facet joint which can occur in children
  • Infections and degeneration
  • Repetitive hyperextension of the spine that comes with such sports as gymnastics, diving, weightlifting and football.

Classification of Spondylolisthesis



Spondylolisthesis is classified according to the degree of slip of the vertebra. A grade I slip denotes that a vertebra has slipped up to 25% over the body of the vertebra underlying it; in a grade II slip the displacement is 25%; in a grade III slip, 50%; and in a grade IV slip; greater than 75%.

Grade I spondylolisthesis is often symptomatic and the patients may be unaware of the defect. Patients with grade II or higher slips may complain of low back pain, with or without leg pain. The back pain is aggravated by extension activities.


What are the symptoms/effects of spondylolisthesis



The most common symptom of spondylolisthesis is lower back pain. This is often aggravated by exercise especially with extension of the lumbar spine. Other symptoms include stiffness and pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs due to nerve root irritation.


Diagnosis of spondylolisthesis



A physiotherapist or doctor will perform a physical examination to identify the nature of your back pain. You will be referred for an X-ray too see if a vertebra is out of place, and confirm a diagnosis of spondylolisthesis.


Physiotherapy treatment



At Manchester Physio, we provide specialised assessment and treatment for children and adults with spondylolisthesis.

Physiotherapy treatment of people with grade I or grade II symptomatic spondylolisthesis involves rest from aggravating activities, advice about correct posture and lifting techniques while you are recovering combined with abdominal and extensor stabilizing exercises and hamstring stretching.

An exercise program will also be developed and tailored to your symptoms and current level of activity to ensure you keep your back strong and flexible but donít do any more damage.

If there is stiffness of the joints above or below the slip on clinical assessment, these joints will be mobilised using hands on techniques.

Physiotherapy treatment at Manchester Physio will be focused on reducing pain, improving posture, increasing strength of the muscles to help stabilise your back and getting you back to your everyday activities and hobbies with confidence and success as soon as possible.


For more information about how physiotherapy can help your back, or to book an appointment please call 0161 883 0077.


↑ Back to Top


Next steps



Call us on: 0161 883 0077 Call us on 0161 883 0077
We are open Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm,  Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 4pm
Email us on: office@manchesterphysio.co.uk Email us now
Email us or request a call-back to office@manchesterphysio.co.uk
Fax us on: 0161 834 6952 Fax us on 0161 834 6952
Contact us by post: 17 Claremont Road, Sale Cheshire, M33 7DZ Contact us by post
Manchester / Sale / Macclesfield. Our addresses


£10 off
  when you Book online
St John Street
Sale
Macclesfield
Bolton
Tameside
Stockport
Liverpool
Speke
TALK TO US

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.




Immediate Appointments Available Contact us to find out more...






HPC - Health Professions Council         The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy         PhysioFirst         Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology         Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists         Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine Preferred providers
Home

About us
Who We Are
Why Manchester Physio?
Our Promises
Our Commitment To You
Careers
Testimonials
Contact Us

Our Clinics
Manchester City Centre
Sale
Macclesfield
Bolton
Stockport
Tameside
Liverpool City Centre
Speke (Liverpool)

Who we work with
Individuals
Insurers
Case managers
Solicitors
Businesses
Public sector

Services
Assessment & Reports
Clinic visit
DSE assessments
Elderly rehabilitation
Equipment & Adaptations assessment
Gait analysis
Home visit
Hydrotherapy
Manual handling training
Medico-Legal
Neurological rehabilitation
Occupational health
On-site physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Pilates
Return to work
Road traffic accident / Injury at work
Surgical rehabilitation
Vestibular Physiotherapy


What we treat
Musculoskeletal problems
Neurological conditions
Paediatrics
Vestibular Physiotherapy

Treatments

Appointments
Clinic visit
Home visit
First visit
Book an appointment
Book Online
Free phone consultation

Testimonials

FAQs

Contact us
Clinics
Areas we cover
Free phone consultation
Book online
Consulting / Therapy Room Hire Manchester

Sitemap
Copyright
Resources
Terms & Conditions
Careers
Accessibility

A to Z of physiotherapy





Book an appointment

© 2011 Manchester Physio
Powered by Physio123