What is Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a spine condition that causes the spine, or vertebrae, to slip forward. The forward placement of the causes the nerve roots within the spinal column to become pinched.

There are two main types of Spondylolisthesis, Degenerative and Isthmic.

  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Occurs when the joints weaken, allowing a vertebra to slip forward. Nerve roots may become pinched causing pain to radiate to the legs and the feet.
  • Isthmic Spondylolisthesis: Occurs when vertebral bone fractures, allowing a vertebra to slip forward. This can also pinch nerve roots causing pain to radiate to the legs and the feet.

What are the symptoms of Spondylolisthesis?

The most common signs and symptoms of Spondylolisthesis include:

  • Back Pain
  • Stiffness of the back
  • Thigh and leg pain or weakness
  • Tightness in hamstrings
  • Walking with a “waddle”
  • Buttock pain

What treatments are available for Spondylolisthesis?

At University Spine & Pain Center Spondylolisthesis treatment includes personalized treatment plans designed by ourexpert staff. Early detection of Spondylolisthesis is important to help monitor the condition. Some of the treatment options available at University Spine & Pain Center include Physical Therapy programs which can be very effective, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) to stimulate the muscles, and Medical Massage.

What do I do next?

The first step in treating Spondylolisthesis is to make an appointment to see a Back Specialist or Interventional Spine Specialist for a diagnosis and to learn your treatment options.