• Alyson Kessner, PT, DPT, CSCS

DO YOU HAVE LOW BACK PAIN? YOU MIGHT BE OUT OF ALIGNMENT


What it is:

A spinal condition in which one of the spinal vertebrae slips out of alignment. Depending on the amount of slippage, the vertebrae could compress a nerve, resulting in back pain. Typically, the vertebrae of the low back (lumbar) region are more affected. This is the most common cause of low back pain in teenagers.

Different types of spondylolisthesis:

  1. Congenital: present at birth; bone deformation

  2. Isthmic: results from spondylolysis (fracture of the vertebrae); most common at L5

  3. Degenerative: *most common; typically due to disc degeneration between the vertebrae. Usually not seen until after age 40.

  4. Pathologic