Low Grade Spondylolisthesis

Low-grade spondylolisthesis, usually defined as anything less than 50 percent slippage, can cause pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness both locally and out to the extremities.

Spondylolisthesis is a degenerative condition of the spine that causes the displacement of the vertebral bodies one over the other causing pain that may increase with daily living activities. If not treated on a timely basis, it may progress to a more severe pain that has a negative impact on your quality of life.

The displacement of the bones in the spine is more frequently found in the lumbar region.

Low Grade Spondylolisthesis

The causes can be mechanical due to weight bearing activities that increase the risk of developing this condition such as gymnastics, weightlifting and bodybuilding, and high impact activities to the lumbar region. There is also a genetic factor that may contribute to the appearance of the disease.

Spondylolisthesis Symptoms


  • Tightness of lower back muscles
  • Pain radiated to the buttocks and thighs
  • Numbness and tingling of legs or feet


At My Spine Center, all medical evaluations must be accompanied by the examination of an imaging study such as an MRI to confirm the diagnosis of spondylolisthesis. Symptoms are usually treated with oral medications and with physical therapy to decrease pain and improve movement.

Surgery is needed in most cases due to the displacement of the vertebra. However, if a low-grade displacement is present, minimally invasive stabilization may be a conservative option being an outpatient procedure.

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