Top Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Surgeons Specializing in Spondylolisthesis
This condition occurs when a lumbar vertebra slips out of place. It slides forward, distorting the shape of your spine. This may compress the nerves in the spinal canal. The nerves that exit the foramen (open spaces on the sides of your vertebrae) may also be compressed. These compressed nerves can cause pain and other problems.
What is spondylolisthesis?
This detailed video describes the condition of spondylolisthesis, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment. Treatment options depend on the severity of your condition. Medications may relieve your pain. A back brace may also help. And, you may benefit from physical therapy. If those methods are not successful, you may benefit from a surgical procedure to reduce nerve compression or to stabilize your spine.