Potential Symptoms: Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis

Both spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are often asymptomatic with the most common symptom being lower back pain (caused by the bones pressing on a nerve in that area).

  • The pain may feel similar to muscle strain and radiate to the buttocks down the legs.
  • Pain tends to worsen with activity and improve with rest.
  • Muscle spasms may lead to additional symptoms including back stiffness, tight hamstrings or difficulty standing and walking (OrthoInfo)

If Asymptomatic, Consider Practices to Prevent Symptoms from Developing

[Spondylolisthesis] is sometimes discovered incidentally in people with no history of back pain or other suspicious symptoms. This… group might benefit from following the recommendations [for those who are symptomatic]… to prevent the condition from becoming symptomatic. – Baxter Bell MD