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The mnemonic “SPONDY” will definitely help you in remembering the most important features of Spondylolisthesis very easily

To help you to recall better we have used related words that are very close to the actual disease itself, thus helping you to relate well 

Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that occurs when one vertebra in the spine slips out of place over the vertebra below it. This can lead to compression of the nerves and/or spinal cord, causing pain and other symptoms

Spondylolisthesis Important Facts : How To Remember Easily ?

  • S- Spondylolisthesis: Anterior slippage of vertebral body, pedicles, and superior articular facets.

  • P- Pars interarticularis: Mechanical weakness of the pars interarticularis may cause spondylolisthesis.

  • O- Other causes: Infection, osteoporosis, tumor, and trauma can also cause spondylolisthesis.

  • N- Nerve root injury: Spondylolisthesis may cause nerve root injury, especially the L5 root.

  • D- Diagnosis: Plain x-rays of the low back or neck in flexion and extension can reveal movement at the abnormal spinal segment.

  • Y- Yes to Surgery: Surgery is performed for spinal instability (slippage 5–8 mm) and considered for pain symptoms that do not respond to conservative measures.

Mnemonic : SPONDY

Dr. Arin Nandi

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