Your symptoms may become more intense with activity and subside with rest. The condition can also lead to cauda equina syndrome and complications, including urinary incontinence.
What Causes Spondylolisthesis?
In most cases, spondylolisthesis is caused by overuse which can overextend and weaken your spine.
The condition is common among young athletes who participate in sports that overextend the spine or put excessive stress on the lumbar vertebrae, such as football, weight lifting, and gymnastics.
Your risk of the condition may also increase with age, as general wear and tear or a genetic predisposition to a thinner pars interarticularis lead to stress fractures and vertebral weakness.
When Should I Talk to a Doctor About Lower Back Pain?
Everyone has a sore back occasionally, but persistent or severe pain is potentially a sign of a more serious issue or injury that needs medical attention.
If you have lower back pain that lasts for more than a few days or becomes more intense instead of subsiding, call OrthoNeuro to make an appointment with one of our spine specialists.