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Spondylolisthesis

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Spondylolisthesis facts

  • Spondylolisthesis is a forward or backward slippage of one vertebra on an adjacent vertebra.
  • Causes of spondylolisthesis include trauma, degenerative, tumor, and birth defects.
  • Symptoms of spondylolisthesis include lower back or leg pain, hamstring tightness, and numbness and tingling in the legs.
  • Most people with spondylolisthesis can be treated conservatively, without the need for surgery.
  • Patients who fail to improve with conservative treatment may be a candidate for surgery.

What is spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis (spon + dee + lo + lis + thee + sis) is a condition of the spine whereby one of the vertebra slips forward or backward compared to the next vertebra. Forward slippage of an upper vertebra on a lower vertebra is referred to as anterolisthesis, while backward slippage is referred to as retrolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis can lead to a deformity of the spine as well as a narrowing of the spinal canal (central spinal stenosis) or compression of the exiting nerve roots (foraminal stenosis).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2014

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