The increased physical activities of adolescence and adulthood, along with the wear-and-tear of daily life, result in spondylolisthesis being most common among adolescents and adults.
Different types of spondylolisthesis may be caused in a various ways.
Spondylolisthesis usually occurs towards the base of your spine in the lumbar area.
This x-ray shows spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine.
Many people with spondylolisthesis have no symptoms.
However, symptoms may occur due to the weakness of the spine at the level of the spondylolisthesis.However, there are several symptoms that often accompany spondylolisthesis: Professor Rodts has done an excellent job at distilling the basics of spondylolisthesis into a concise easy to read layman's format.Anatomy and natural history are well described with the help of visual aids.It becomes apparent more often in people who are involved with very physical activities such as weightlifting, gymnastics, or football.Males are more likely than females to develop symptoms from the disorder, primarily due to their engaging in more physical activities.Degenerative: This is the most common type of spondylolisthesis in adults.As it’s name implies, vertebral slipping is caused by wear and tear degenerative changes in the disc and facet joints of the spine that weakens the attachments between two adjacent vertebrate to allow slippage.Although some children under the age of five may be pre-disposed towards having a spondylolisthesis, or may indeed already have an undetected spondylolisthesis, it is rare that such young children are diagnosed with spondylolisthesis.Spondylolisthesis becomes more common among 7-10 year olds.Look at where the arrow is pointing: you can see that the vertebra above the arrow has slid out over the vertebra below it. Spondylolisthesis can be described according to its degree of severity.One commonly used description grades spondylolisthesis, with grade 1 being least advanced, and grade 5 being most advanced.