What is Spondylolisthesis?
What Causes Spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis can usually be seen in younger athletes and can be attributed to overextending the spine while lifting weights or participating in certain sports that involve repetitive bending motions. Genetics could also play a role as some people are born with thinner vertebral bone. In these cases, it is usually the result of wear and tear on the spine or disks. With age, the disks break down and this condition becomes more common.
Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis
Symptoms of spondylolisthesis can include:
- Lower back pain. Pain may extend to the buttocks, down the thighs, and sometimes into the feet or hands.
- Spasms in the hamstring (muscles in the back of your thigh).
- Back stiffness.
- Difficulty walking or standing for long periods.
- Pain when bending over.
- Numbness, weakness, tiredness, or tingling in the foot or hand.
Treatment Options for Spondylolisthesis
Treatment options depend on different factors, like your symptoms, age and overall health. AZBSC Spine & Orthopedics will discuss your options with you, but you may need medication, physical therapy or surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions about Spondylolisthesis
What can happen if Spondylolisthesis is left untreated?
It is possible that if left untreated spondylolisthesis can cause chronic pain and even permanent damage. It is very important to make sure if you are experiencing symptoms to get treated as soon as possible.