Re Spondylolisthesis: Is A Displacement Of 7 Mm Severe?

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Asked by Ursula

Re Spondylolisthesis: Is A Displacement Of 7 Mm Severe?

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According to one website the degree of spondylolisthesis is measured according to the width of the vertebral bodies in your back. Here is one rating system:

Grade 1 is 0-25%
Grade 2 is 25-50%
Grade 3 is 50-75%
Grade 4 is 75-100%

One study found that most people with >15 mm slippage had chronic lower back pain. Spondylolisthesis, however, is a common finding and most cases do not cause pain.

I think you'll have to go to your doctor to find out how severe your slippage is but bear in mind that pain in the back does not always correlate to imaging results; that is, some people with severe problems do not have much pain and vice versa.