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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Hidden Causes of Lower Back Pain: What is Spondylolisthesis?

Updated: May 8, 2023

A patient receiving targeted chiropractic care for spondylolisthesis, highlighting the benefits of expert treatments in alleviating pain, restoring mobility, and improving overall spinal health.
An anatomical illustration of a spine with spondylolisthesis, showcasing the misalignment of vertebrae as a hidden cause of lower back pain.

Introduction: Lower back pain is a common complaint, but did you know that it can be caused by more than just a strained muscle or pulled ligament? In some cases, lower back pain can be the result of a more serious condition, such as spondylolisthesis.

What is spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebrae slides off the one below, causing a lower back fracture. This condition will never heal back to normal on its own, and can limit your strength, endurance, and ability to exercise.

Symptoms of spondylolisthesis

The symptoms of spondylolisthesis can vary depending on the severity of the condition, but some common symptoms include:

  • Lower back pain

  • Stiffness and difficulty moving

  • Weakness or numbness in the legs

  • Pain that radiates down the leg

  • Muscle spasms

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a healthcare provider to determine the cause and get the appropriate treatment.

Treatment options for spondylolisthesis

Chiropractic care has been shown to be very effective in treating and improving symptoms of spondylolisthesis. A chiropractor can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include spinal adjustments, exercises, and other techniques to support your spinal health and reduce your pain.

In addition to chiropractic care, we also recommend the Designs for Health Osteoarthritis Protocol for patients with spondylolisthesis. This protocol includes a combination of supplements and lifestyle recommendations to support joint health and reduce inflammation. The protocol is available in two versions: acute and chronic, depending on your specific needs.

Conclusion: Spondylolisthesis is a serious condition that can cause lower back pain and limit your mobility. If you are experiencing symptoms of spondylolisthesis, it is important to see a healthcare provider for additional test to determine the cause. Schedule to see Dr. Dopps at


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