Spondylolisthesis (spon-duh-low-lis-THEE-sis) is when one of the vertebrae slips
forward and out of place on the vertebra beneath it.
More to Know
There are nine vertebrae fused together to form the tailbone and 24 stacked on
top of one another in the vertebral column. The five closest to the tailbone, where
spondylolisthesis is typically found, are the lumbar vertebrae.
When one of the vertebrae slips out of place in the column, it can cause back pain,
and long-term spinal problems. This can be a result of injury, repetitive stress,
or a fracture in one of
the vertebrae (spondylolysis).
Keep in Mind
Most people with spondylolisthesis get better by resting and doing exercises
designed to stretch and strengthen the back. Only in rare cases is surgery needed
to correct the condition.
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