Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one of the vertebrae in the spine moves out of its proper position on to the vertebra below it.

Common causes of spondylolisthesis in adults include arthritis in the spine, bone disease, and stress fractures . The condition also can be present at birth (congenital).

The expert team of doctors at UT Southwestern’s Spine Center specializes in all available evidence-based treatments for spondylolisthesis – both medical and surgical. We offer our patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized spine imaging.

When surgery is required, our skilled surgeons often can perform minimally invasive procedures, which reduce recovery time.

Our multidisciplinary approach gets you access to neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, and other specialists with one call. We strive to coordinate, facilitate, and expedite patient care, saving our patients time.

Our goal is to partner with our patients in their care, get them back to health as soon as possible, and help them achieve the best outcomes.


If we suspect that you have spondylolisthesis, we’ll conduct a physical examination and order spine imaging studies. X-rays often are used to diagnose spondylolisthesis.


After diagnosis, we’ll make sure you see the right experts to treat your specific symptoms.

Treatment for spondylolisthesis depends on the severity and location of the problem. Many people with the condition are successfully treated with spine rehabilitation therapy.

Others benefit from wearing customized back braces to prevent additional curving of the spine.

In some cases, surgery to fuse the affected vertebra is the best treatment option for patients with spondylolisthesis. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons often are able to perform this procedure using minimally invasive techniques.  

We’ll create a care plan that minimizes the number of visits you need to make, while also providing you with the support you need.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern conducts clinical trials aimed at improving the treatment of spine conditions such as spondylolisthesis. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a spondylolisthesis specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.