Cervical Spondylolisthesis refers to the forward displacement of vertebrae in the cervical spine. The cervical spine is the first section of the vertebral column right after the head. This section has 7 little bones from C1 till C7. When any one of them slips or slides over another then the person suffers from the Cervical Spondylolisthesis.
Similar to Lumbar Spondylolisthesis, Cervical Spondylolisthesis can be a result of many reasons. Commonly a neck injury or arthritis is has been found as the reason of cervical spondylolisthesis. The cervical spine is situated in the neck region therefore any injury that occurs in the neck might affect the cervical vertebrae. Such kind of spondylolisthesis is categorized in Pathologic Spondylolisthesis.
Sometimes this condition is also present in a person from the time of his/her birth. This is regarded as congenital condition and is categorized in the Dysplastic Spondylolisthesis. Dysplasia is a condition in which the abnormal positioning of the cells occurs. This condition happens during the cell formation. In regard of spondylolisthesis, due to dysplasia when vertebrae are displaced or not positioned in proper order then the person when grows old suffers from the disease.
The obvious symptoms of Cervical Spondylolisthesis are pain in neck, pain in upper portion of back, uncomfortable nodding movements etc. When these problems happen with the person, he/she tends to have a Cervical Spondylolisthesis. As soon as the disease is discovered in the body the first thing that is prescribed by the doctor is the neck exercises. The exercises is the most effective treatment of neck pain and gradually also becomes the cure for the pain.
Other treatments also do well for Cervical Spondylolisthesis such as medicated ointments and oral pain killers. These medicines also help in providing relief to the patient and give a long lasting effect as well. However surgery is opted as the last resort when all other methods fail to cure the problem.