Degenerative spondylolisthesis is one of six types of this spinal condition. It occurs as a result of the general aging process; therefore, it is more often seen in the elderly than in young adults. While it is common for people over 50, it is even more likely to be seen in people over 65. Females will develop degenerative spondylolisthesis over males.
Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Definition
This is a spinal condition where a vertebra slips forward over the one below it. As your body ages, your bones, ligaments, and joints in the spine tend to become weak and are sometimes not able to support the spinal column in alignment.
This condition will usually occur in either the L4-L5 level of your lower spine, which is the most common location. It can also be present at the L3-L4 level. While it is a possibility that degenerative spondylolisthesis can be present in other levels, it is rare.