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Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that affects the lower vertebrae (spinal bones). This disease causes one of the lower vertebrae to slip forward onto the bone directly beneath it. It can be a painful condition causing low back pain or pain to radiate down the legs because of the nerve being pinched between the slipped vertebrae.
The condition mostly affects people over 50 years old. It is more common in women than in men.
Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis
Symptoms may vary from mild to severe and may include any of the following:
- Lower back pain
- Muscle tightness (tight hamstring muscle)
- Pain, numbness, or tingling in the thighs and buttocks
- Tenderness in the area of the vertebra that is out of place
- Weakness in the legs
Causes of Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis is often due to a birth defect in the lower spine or occurs after a sudden injury (acute trauma).
In adults, the most common cause is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones, such as arthritis. Bone disease and fractures can also cause spondylolisthesis.
Your doctor will examine you and feel your spine. You will be asked to raise your leg straight out in front of you which may be uncomfortable or painful.
X-ray of the spine can show if a bone in the spine is out of place or broken. CT scan or MRI scan of the spine can show if there is any narrowing of the spinal canal.
Learn more about spondylolisthesis by watching an educational video.