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Symptoms of spondylolisthesis include pain in your lower back, tight hamstrings, and pain, numbness or tingling down 1 leg.

An X-ray can usually check if you have spondylolisthesis. You may also have an MRI scan if you have pain or numbness in your legs.

Spondylolisthesis can often be treated with painkillers and physiotherapy. Surgery may be needed if symptoms do not improve.

Spondylolisthesis can be caused by the bones in the spine getting weaker with age, or sometimes a stress fracture.

Spondylolisthesis is a condition where a bone (vertebra) in your spine slips out of position. It can be painful, but there are treatments that help.

Page last reviewed: 01/06/2022
Next review due: 01/06/2025