Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Sept. 29, 2010
Updated: Nov. 17, 2010
Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra in the spine slips forward or backward.
Spondylolisthesis may be caused by a defect in the bone or surrounding tissue, trauma, or degenerative changes.
The most common symptom is low back pain, which will often get worse with activity. Some people also experience numbness, tingling, or pain in the lower extremities. Others may have decreased range of motion in the lower back.
Spondylolisthesis can be easily diagnosed with lateral x-rays of the spine. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can reveal nerve-root compression.
Treatment of spondylolisthesis depends on the severity of the symptoms it is causing. Treatment options include:
The team of specialists at the Duke Spine Center will work with you to develop the optimal treatment plan to improve your pain and allow you to resume your active lifestyle.