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Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over the vertebrae below it. Spondylolisthesis is a common cause of lower back pain and leg pain in younger adults (age 30 to 50), and degenerative spondylolisthesis is a fairly common cause of pain in older adults (age 50 and up). Traumatic spondylolisthesis can also be the result from mechanism of injury such as motor vehicle accidents or a fall. The most common symptoms are lower back pain and/or leg that limits activity level. Patients may also have pain with extension (bending backwards). Suffers of spondylolithesis can awake with pain that is worse in the morning but with movement it will dissipate over the course of the day.

The bones in your spine come together at several small joints called the pars defect that keep the bones lined up while still allowing them to move. This then causes structural instability.

Spondylolisthesis affects different age groups from children and teenagers to the elderly. Some sports, such as gymnastics or weight lifting, can overuse back bones to the point of causing stress fractures in vertebrae, which can result in spondylolisthesis. Older adults can develop spondylolisthesis, because wear and tear on the back leads to stress fractures of the pars defect that can manifest as a disc bulge. These patients will generally have pain in extension activities.