Back pain is one of the most common symptoms of spondylolisthesis although the condition might be asymptomatic for some people. Some of the other possible symptoms of spondylolisthesis include:

  • Pain in the lower back that intensifies when upright and reduces while lying down
  • Intermittent shooting pain that passes from the buttocks down to the legs
  • Pain that intensifies during coughing or sneezing bouts Numbness or tingling that radiates from the back to the legs
  • Excessive curvature of the spine
  • A change in posture and gait caused by the tightening of the hamstrings which can become a waddle in severe cases
  • A tendency to lean forward.

Back Pain Causes

  • Wearing down of the vertebrae along with joint remodelling (degenerative spondylolisthesis).
  • Weakness in the ligamenta flava – the ligaments that form the posterior (back) wall of the spinal canal.
  • Repetitive trauma to the spine, especially common in weightlifters.
  • Sudden trauma to the spine can cause a vertebra to slide out of place (traumatic spondylolisthesis)
  • Birth defects that cause abnormalities in one or more vertebrae.

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