What is spondylolisthesis actually?

Spondylolisthesis, also known by the technical term spondylolisthesis, is a very common type of vertebral instability. There are different causes of spondylolisthesis. In older age, this occurs when wear and tear weakens the vertebral connections. This causes loosening, which leads to slippage of the vertebrae.

The organism tries to compensate for the loss of stability by bony degradation, similar to a leaning tower that is to be kept from toppling over by supporting pillars and cement. This causes “thickening” of the vertebral joints, called spondyloarthrosis.