Spondylolisthesis symptoms range from mild to severe; in fact, often there are no symptoms at all and a patient will discover the presence of spondylolisthesis in an X-ray of an unrelated condition. This condition will cause symptoms including pain and tenderness in the back, muscle spasms, stiffness in the hamstrings, and buttocks pain. The most common symptom of spondylolisthesis is lower back pain which is usually aggravated by activities that put extra stress on the lower back or by activities that cause the back to hyperextend. Additionally, this condition can affect body mobility, causing you to walk in shorter strides with slightly bent knees or in a “waddling” motion, causing a recessed curvature in the lower spine and protruding abdomen.
Here is a list of common symptoms associated with spondylolisthesis:
- Muscle spasms
- Stiffness in the back
- Difficulty walking
- Pain when bending over
If you are experiencing severe symptoms, you should consult with your doctor to ensure your symptoms do not worsen.