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What causes spondylolisthesis?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bad back

Spondylolisthesis is a forward sliding of a vertebra, typically in the low back.
It is caused by a number of things including chronic poor posture and obesity. Congenital defects, osteopenia and osteoporosis can also make you more susceptible.

In brief: Bad back

Spondylolisthesis is a forward sliding of a vertebra, typically in the low back.
It is caused by a number of things including chronic poor posture and obesity. Congenital defects, osteopenia and osteoporosis can also make you more susceptible.
David Miller
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Several things

One common causes are stress fracture of the pars, the part of bone between the facet joints.
Another is arthritis of the facet joints leading to the slip. An acute fracture can cause a slip. Abnormal bones in the posterior back (dysplasia). Abnormal bone is an uncommon cause (pathologic). Aggressive surgery can weaken the spine enough to lead to slip (spondylolisthesis).

In brief: Several things

One common causes are stress fracture of the pars, the part of bone between the facet joints.
Another is arthritis of the facet joints leading to the slip. An acute fracture can cause a slip. Abnormal bones in the posterior back (dysplasia). Abnormal bone is an uncommon cause (pathologic). Aggressive surgery can weaken the spine enough to lead to slip (spondylolisthesis).
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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