Spondylolisthesis is generated by excessive movement of one vertebra over another. The L4-L5 level is the most frequently affected in degenerative spondylolisthesis.
Degenerative spondylolisthesis most commonly occurs after the age of 40. It is generally a disease of older individuals and is rarely diagnosed in patients younger than 50 years old.
Some facts about degenerative spondylolisthesis
-Analysis of a large cohort of patients presenting with back pain revealed an incidence of 5.6% and an average age of 63.5 in females and 65.2 in males.
-Degenerative spondylolisthesis occurs four to six times more commonly in females and is found statistically significantly more often in parous than in nulliparous women. This is hypothesized to be secondary to hormonally induced ligamentous and joint laxity, greater physiologic loads during pregnancy, and postpartum hypotonicity of the abdominal musculature.
-Degenerative slips are approximately three times more common in African-Americans than Caucasians. This may be due to a higher frequency among African-Americans of L5 sacralization and attenuated L4 transverse processes resulting in diminished ligamentous support of the L4-5 motion segment.
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