Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra in the spinal column moves out of the line. Though spondylolisthesis can occur in any of the vertebrae, it is most common in the lower sections of the back. The symptoms may vary from person to person. While some people may not notice any symptoms, others may experience mild to severe pain in the lower back or buttocks. The physicians who participate in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line offer treatment options for back pain including spondylolisthesis. Continuing on the subject, we discuss the possible causes, symptoms and treatments of spondylolisthesis.Read on.


Spondylolisthesis is caused due to the displacement of any of the joints in the spinal vertebrae. The displacement can be the result of a congenital joint anomaly, accidental damage, infection, arthritis, or a stress fracture. Spondylolisthesis is commonly reported by teenagers and young adults who actively participate in sports that involve extensive use of vertebral joints. Older people face this problem mostly due to a stress fracture that leads to vertebral damage.


Common symptoms of spondylolisthesis include:

  • Back pain
  • Buttock pain
  • Pain running down from lower back to legs
  • Problem in walking
  • Pain in back, buttock, and legs gets worse when bending or twisting your body
  • Weakness in both legs

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Spondylolisthesis is diagnosed by doing an X-ray of the back, which shows if there is any crack, fracture, or displacement of the bone in the spinal column. If a person is diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, it is important to seek out a spine specialist to help determine treatment options and take it easy on any physical activities that may have caused the problem or may aggravate it.


A physician may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines to ease the pain and also suggest physical therapy to strengthen the back and core muscles. In case of extreme pain or if there is a spinal cord damage, spondylolisthesis surgery may be recommended. During the surgery, the affected bone or tissue is removed (called decompression) and the bones are fused back to their original position.

Wrap Up

If you have noticed any of the symptoms mentioned in this post, it may be time to consult an orthopedic surgeon. If you are looking for an experienced spine physician in Plano, Texas Health Spine Orthopedic Center can help. We can connect you with orthopedic physicians experienced in treating spine conditions in your area. Simply call +1 888-608-4762.

Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.