What is a Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a condition that commonly affects the lower lumbar spine and cervical spine. It can be painful but is manageable in most cases. It is the slippage or displacement of one vertebrae on top of another caused by a number of reasons. There are different types depending on the direction of slippage as follows

  1. Olisthesis: General displacement in any direction
  2. Anterolisthesis: Slippage forwards in an anterior direction
  3. Retrolisthesis: Slippage backwards
  4. Lateral listhesis or Leterolisthesis: Lateral displacement

Spondylolisthesis comes with a range of symptoms but can continue to worsen if it is not addressed early.


How we may treat it.

  1. Diagnose the cause of pain and determine if anything else is associated other than the spondylolisthesis
  2. Early intervention targeted exercise therapy to attempt prevent further slippage
  3. Hands on treatment for symptom alleviation where indicated
  4. Stabilise the area with exercises but also education on what to avoid to prevent further slippage and symptom exacerbation
  5. Liaise with treating GP for management plan

Select Clinic To Contact


T51, Mezzanine level, East Village Shopping Centre

2-4 Defries Avenue, Zetland NSW
02 7204 5704


Bondi Junction:

Westfield, suite 6015b, Level 6, 500 Oxford Street Bondi Junction, NSW
02 9188 5142



Shop 4, 21 Hunter Street, Hornsby NSW
02 9987 1007


Mona Vale:

18-20 Park St, Mona Vale NSW
02 8914 8080


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