Spondylolisthesis can cause compressive or neurogenic symptoms. The forward slip of a vertebra also makes the spinal canal smaller, leaving less room for the nerve roots running between the vertebrae.
Compressive symptoms can also arise because the nerve roots at the segment involved are pinched with the narrow spinal canal. If there are compressive symptoms, there may be pain down the leg to the foot, numbness in the foot, and possibly weakness when trying to raise the foot.
The combination of spinal canal narrowing and enlargement of the facet joints produces the characteristics of nerve compression problems found in degenerative spondylolisthesis.
Common Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis
- Lower back pain
- Buttock pain
- Pain that runs down the back of the leg
- Weakness in the legs
- Tingling or numbness
- Pain that gets worse with a twist or bending over
- Muscle strain-like discomfort
- Muscle spasms in hamstring muscles
- Difficulty walking or standing
The Bonati Spine Institute encourages patients with spondylolisthesis to contact us to request a no-obligation MRI review or discuss your conditions with our medical professionals. Find out why The Bonati Spine Procedures are considered to be among the world’s best solutions when it comes to advanced spine surgery. Your pain from spondylolisthesis can become a thing of the past.