El Paso, TX. Chiropractor discusses spondylolisthesis or a forward slip of a vertebra.
The word spondylolisthesis derives from two parts: spondylo which means spine, and listhesis which means slippage. Spondylolisthesis generally happens towards the bottom of your spine in the lumbar area.
This x-ray reveals spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine. Look at where the arrow is pointing: you are able to note that the vertebra above the arrow has slipped out over the vertebra below it.
Spondylolisthesis may be described based on its level of severity. One description grades that are commonly used spondylolisthesis, with grade 1 being least advanced, and grade 5 being advanced.