Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a bone in the spine slips forward out of proper alignment.  It can be caused by age-related degeneration and arthritis as well as fractures, trauma, or bone diseases.  There are varying degrees of severity.  Less severe cases or ones that are caught early can be treated with physical therapy.  More severe cases may require surgery.


  • Lower back pain
  • Swayback posture
  • Muscle tightness or cramping
  • Pain in the thighs and buttocks
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness in the legs
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Tenderness in the area of the slipped vertebra

What to expect at therapy

A therapist will evaluate your posture, flexibility, strength, sensation, spinal mobility, and balance.  The therapist will discuss your goals and aim to get you pain relief and give you tips on managing your symptoms including activities and position to avoid in order to prevent worsening of the slippage.  Treatments may include the use of therapeutic modalities, hands-on manual therapy techniques, posture education, therapeutic exercise, and instruction in safe lifting.

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