As a matter of fact, spondylolisthesis (slip of a vertebra) and degenerative disc disease are related but not in the way you probably think about it.
A significant degenerative disc will impede or even stop the motion of the two vertebra that attach to it. This normally occurs at C5-7 or even C4-7. The levels above and below these immobilized segments have increased motion and the facets can wear out. Facet wear is required to allow a slip and commonly, the levels above and below these degenerative discs will slip (spondylolisthesis), normally at C3-4 and C7-T1.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.