Even if you find that you are not having any noticeable back pain, it is worthwhile to keep note of even the most minor changes in how you walk, sit or even sleep. Minor changes in your gait can be indicative of problems in your back, which can end up as a pain management issue or worse down the line. Spondylolisthesis can be a cause of this, as it is a forward displacement of a vertebra. Should the displacement be backwards, this is referred to as retrolisthesis.
Though there are some people who do not experience any pain at all associated with their spondylolisthesis, some of the most common symptoms include back stiffness, a change in your posture or walk or a feeling of “leaning forward.” In more severe cases, sufferers have mentioned a feeling of “waddling,” or that friends or family have seen a noticeable change in the demeanor of their walk. The pain factor can often be just generalized lower back discomfort. However, this can also include shooting pains down the lower back and through the legs.
This type of condition is important to address as soon as you notice any symptoms. If you are experiencing lower back pain at all for longer than 2 weeks, it is often a good idea to visit a back pain specialist clinic, such as Integrated Spine & Sports. They can run a series of diagnostic tests to help determine not just the cause of your back pain, but also help you to develop a plan to deal with it in a non-surgical way if possible. Starting with a non-aggressive form of treatment is often preferable to most people.