This in-depth discussion about spondylolisthesis explains what causes a vertebra to slip and what the different grades (eg, grade 1 spondylolisthesis) look like.
Low back pain is a common degenerative spondylolisthesis symptom. This article covers non-surgical treatments for spondylolisthesis, including exercise, bracing, and medications. It also discusses surgery, although few patients will actually need surgery for spondylolisthesis.
Approximately 5% of the population has a spondylolisthesis, but many of those people will never need any treatment. The grade of slip (grades 1-5) and your symptoms will help determine your treatment. You may need bed rest, medications, or bracing.
Sometimes spondylolisthesis doesn't require treatment. If the vertebra isn't expected to slip more, you may just need to rest and stop doing activities that cause pain. However, if you need surgery, here's important information to know.
Serial x-rays (radiographs) of the lumbar spine may be helpful to establish a diagnosis of isthmic spondylolisthesis. These x-rays are taken over a period of several years.
If your child is having surgery for spondylolisthesis, you may be concerned about whether it will improve your child's posture and walk. Article addresses what spondylolisthesis is and what your child can expect from surgery and recovery.