Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis: prevalence and association with low back pain in the adult community-based population.

Nov 17, 2011 by

Kalichman L, Kim DH, Li L, et al.

Spine.  2009; 34: 199-205.

PMID:  19139672

web:  http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2009&issue=01150&article=00016&type=abstract
This community-based epidemiological study used CT-scans to assess spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis in a subset of subjects from the Framingham Heart Study.  They found a prevalence rates of 11.3% for spondylolysis, 8.2% for isthmic spondylolisthesis, and 13.6% for degenerative spondylolisthesis, but these diagnoses were not significantly associated with low back pain.

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