Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one spinal vertebra slips abnormally over another vertebra, typically at the base of the spine. In some cases, this abnormal slipping may lead to your spinal cord or nerve roots being pinched or irritated.
Spondylolisthesis can be caused by a variety of factors and is often seen in athletes and children that play high-impact sports. These types of sports can create small fractures in the vertebra. Over time, the fractures weaken the joints of the spine and allow for slippage to occur. Spondylolisthesis is also caused by congenital defects, accidents, trauma, aging or arthritis.
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- Chronic back or neck pain
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities (radiculopathy)
- Weakness in the extremities
- Difficulty walking
- Pain that increases with activity
- Pain that runs from the lower back down one or both legs
- Numbness or weakness in one or both legs
For the treatment of chronic back or neck pain, the first step to recovery is scheduling an appointment with a back and neck specialist to get an accurate diagnosis and understand your treatment options.
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