Spondylolisthesis Symptoms and Causes

Spondylolisthesis symptoms can range from mild to severe, and vary from patient to patient. Some people with spondylolisthesis may not experience any symptoms at all. In early stages, pain may be present when an activity involving the back or neck is performed. You can also see our treatment page for more information.

Cervical Spondylolisthesis Symptoms

  • Localized or radiating pain felt in the shoulder and arm.
  • Muscle tightness and stiffness.
  • Tenderness felt in the area of the spondylolisthesis.
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck.
  • Numbness and tingling sensations in the arms.
  • Muscular weakness if the condition is allowed to progress without treatment.

Lumbar Spondylolisthesis Symptoms

  • Localized or radiating pain in the back, buttocks, and/or thighs.
  • Muscle tightness and stiffness.
  • Tenderness felt in the area of the spondylolisthesis.
  • Reduced range of motion in the lower back.
  • Numbness and tingling sensations in the legs.
  • Muscular weakness if the condition is allowed to progress without treatment.

What Causes Spondylolisthesis:

Spondylolisthesis may develop as a result of degenerative disease, bone fractures, congenital abnormalities, pathological defects in bone, as well as from traumatic injury.

Symptoms of spondylolisthesis are dependent on where in the spine the slippage has occurred. If your vertebrae have slipped in your neck you will feel symptoms in the shoulders, arms, and hands. Symptoms of spondylolisthesis will be felt in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and thighs when lumbar slippage occurs.

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