Identifying Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Isthmic spondylolisthesis is a tricky condition that can sneak up on you without warning. It is the result of a fracture in one of the bones in your spine, which causes a vertebrae to slip forward. For many, this fracture comes from long-term stress, rather than an impact or other trauma. Most people will experience this fracture as a child, and not experience any pain or symptoms until adulthood.

The symptoms of isthmic spondylolisthesis most commonly include a lower back pain. Victims will often describe this pain as a deep ache, which possibly radiates into the buttocks and the back of the thighs. Your pain will likely be worse when standing, walking, or bending backwards, and will subside when you are either sitting or reclining. Occasionally, pain will be accompanied by a tingling or numbness in the legs.

If you need further help in identifying or treating the cause of your back pain, consult our Edmonds chiropractic clinic.