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


Spondylolisthesis risk factors include participating in sports that put stress on the bones in the lower back, such as gymnastics and football. Genetics may 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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