Spondylolisthesis is a disorder involving a vertebra that slips over the bone below it. Spondylolysis is a condition relatively common in children and young adults (typically 10 to 15 year olds) who participate in sports where there is repetitive stress on the lower back, such as football, weightlifting, and gymnastics. It typically results from stress fractures or cracks that occur in one of the spinal column’s vertebrae. There is a chance if the affected area doesn’t heal correctly, that the continued stress can lead to the slippage of spondylolisthesis and recurrent low back pain. It can cause spinal deformity and back or sciatica nerve pain and weakness that limits a person’s activity level, including walking. Surgery may be used to treat severe grades of slippage or patients who do not find pain relief or improved motion through non-surgical treatment.


The following are the most common symptoms of Spondylolisthesis.

Individuals may experience symptoms differently.

  • Back stiffness
  • Tight hamstrings
  • Difficulty standing and walking
  • Pain that feels similar to a strain
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in one or both legs



While Spondylolisthesis may or may not cause noticeable symptoms, the following are some available treatments of Spondylolisthesis.

Please consult with your Hoag physician for a tailored care plan that best suits your situation.

  • Lifestyle Changes 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Pain Management
  • Surgery