What is it and how is it treated by the spine specialists at Tailored Medical?


What Is Spondylolisthesis?

The term Spondylolisthesis is formed by the Greek words “spondylos” and “listhesis”, meaning ‘spine’ and ‘to slide or slip’, respectively. As these words themselves explain, Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebrae in the spine slides over to the vertebrae below it. It most commonly occurs in the lumbar spine.


This problem begins when one or more of the spinal joints allow vertebrae to become misaligned and the vertebrae begin to slide out of their normal anatomical position.

Numerous underlying issues can cause of this condition, including:

  • Spinal Arthritis
  • Accident or other trauma to the spine
  • A birth defect
  • Spinal fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

This condition can also occur in teens and children who are regularly involved in sports. Sports such as weight lifting and gymnastics cause overuse of some of the joints in the spine, leading to stress fractures in vertebrae. Stress fractures in the spine are one of the main causes of Spondylolisthesis.



The condition varies from mild to severe. Therefore, the symptoms and signs can be different too.

Some of these symptoms may be:

  • Lower back pain
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle tightness
  • Weakness in legs
  • Numbness or tingling in legs

Personalized Care.

Dr. Senatus & Dr. Karim employ a personalized patient-centered approach that prioritizes optimum functional outcome and well-being. Each consultation begins with a comprehensive evaluation by our team designed to create an individualized evidence based treatment plan which includes the patient, family, and collaborating providers.

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Our specialists have trained at the worlds top medical institutions including Harvard, Yale, Columbia University Medical Center, and The Prestigious Cleveland Clinic.

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We are located at 800A 5th Ave, Suite 402, New York, NY 10065 in the Upper East Side section of Manhattan directly across from Central Park.

You will be welcomed into our boutique office where your time is of premium value.  That means little to no waiting and extensive consultation with Dr. Senatus to understand what is causing your pain and what steps can be taken to return you to a functional pain-free lifestyle.

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