A spinal disorder in which a bone (vertebra) slips forward onto the bone below it.

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging always required

Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

Spondylolisthesis risk factors include sports that put stress on the bones in the lower back, such as gymnastics and football. Genetics may also put some people at increased risk.

If the vertebra slips too far, it may press on nerves and cause severe back pain or nerve crowding that produces leg pain or numbness.

Initial treatment may include rest and medication. Severe spondylolisthesis may require surgery.

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Sources: Mayo Clinic and others

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