What is the outlook for people with spondylolisthesis?

The chance of having a recurrence of pain depends on the severity of the spondylolisthesis. In the case of a minor slip, where the bone is not pressing on any nerves, the person might never have a recurrence of back pain related to spondylolisthesis.

In general, conservative treatment for mild cases of spondylolisthesis is successful in about 80% of cases. Surgery is successful in relieving symptoms in 85% to 90% of people with severe spondylolisthesis.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/02/2014.

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