A retrolisthesis may involve the spine’s vertebra, discs, ligaments, tendons (fascia), muscles, and nerves.
The retrolisthesis may be viewed on the x-ray or other imaging study.
Using the image, your doctor can measure its displacement (how far out of normal position). Chapter 31: Prevention, Identification, and Treatment of Inadequate Decompression of the Cervical Spine.
Retrolistheses are most easily diagnosed on lateral x-ray views of the spine.
Views where care has been taken to expose for a true lateral view without any rotation offer the best diagnostic quality.
Staying active, eating a healthy diet rich in nutrients, and taking care to prevent spinal injury go a long way toward helping to manage this condition.
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A retrolisthesis is a posterior displacement of one vertebral body with respect to the subjacent vertebra to a degree less than a luxation (dislocation).