Your spine is composed of a series of bones called vertebrae. Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae) results when a vertebra slips out of position in the spine.
Slipped Vertebrae Symptoms
Your symptoms depend on how far the vertebra has moved out of position and if other structures or nerves are affected. Most often, slipped vertebrae does not cause symptoms. It can cause low back pain and stiffness. Muscle spasms can cause the hamstring muscles at the back of the thighs to tighten. The tightened hamstrings may feel stiff and can affect posture, making it difficult to walk. A vertebra that has slipped significantly or caused the spinal canal to narrow can press on the spinal nerves. This compression can cause low back and leg pain, leg weakness, lower body numbness or tingling, and reduced or absent leg reflexes.