Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one spinal vertebra slips abnormally over the vertebra below. In some cases, this 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 who engage in impact sports. Impact sports exert concussive forces onto the spinal discs and vertebrae. Over time, small fractures in the vertebra weaken the joints of the spine and allow for this slippage to occur. This condition can also be caused by a congenital defect, accident, trauma, aging or as a result of arthritis.
Those suffering with Spondylolisthesis can experience a variety of symptoms including:
● 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.
● Difficulty walking.