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What is Spondylolisthesis?

It refers to a spinal condition affecting the lower spinal bones (lower vertebrae). This condition occurs when a vertebra slips from its usual position. In this case, the lower vertebrae move forward over the bone immediately beneath it. Spondylolisthesisis highly prevalent in adults and adolescents. Spine Center of Texas can help you find treatment options that get you real relief.

Causes

  • It is vital to note that the origins of spondylolisthesis usually depend on the heredity, lifestyle, or the age of the patient.
  • While a congenital disability might be the cause in children, hereditary issues might be the trigger of the condition in adults.
  • Fractures as a result of injuries or falls
  • Joint damage caused by arthritis or disease
  • Degeneration from wear and tear or aging
  • Tumors
  • Spondylolysis
  • Surgery
  • Rapid growth in the adolescence stage

Symptoms

Spondylolisthesis has varying symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. The signs might range in seriousness from minimal to the lack of control of bowel movement and urination in extreme cases.

 Interestingly, a patient might have the condition since birth and never experience any signs. On the other hand, serious cases might be debilitating. The most common symptoms are:

  • Persistent pain in the buttocks, thighs, and lower back which is made worse by twisting or movement
  • Weakness and stiffness in one or both legs plus the back area
  • Tenderness in the lower back
  • Tight hamstrings
  • An increase in the inward curvature of the spine
  • Walking and running can be a huge challenge
  • Spondylolysis is a standard indicator of Spondylolisthesis

Long-term Outlook

After a physical evaluation, the team at Spine Center of Texas can recommend the best course of action. As stated earlier, some patients with Spondylolisthesis might not even be aware that they have the condition because they exhibit no symptoms. This is the very reason why consulting a doctor is in your best interest if you have the slightest suspicion that you might have Spondylolisthesis.