Coloured X-ray of spondylolisthesis in sp

Coloured X-ray of spondylolisthesis in sp

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Credit: PRINCESS MARGARET ROSE ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Spondylolisthesis. Coloured X-ray of the lower spine showing a slipped vertebra (spondylolisthes- is). The edge of the back is at right. The most common type of spondylolisthesis, as here, is when the fifth lumbar vertebra, the sixth bone (yellow) seen from the top, slips forward over the top of the sacrum (at lower right). This movement has broken the bony processes on the right of this lumbar vertebra. The condition is often due to spondylolysis, where abnormally soft vertebral bones are more liable to slip. Spondylolisthesis, which results in lower back pain, is diagnosed by X-ray and treated by wearing a plaster corset.

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