Degenerative spondylolisthesis: Symptoms of the disorder
When nerves are compressed they can produce symptoms of pain, numbness or tingling in the area of the leg that the particular spinal nerve supplies. In rare cases, they can produce severe pain and even weakness in the legs, such that the ‘legs do not work’. In most cases, the symptoms are experienced when standing or walking and are relieved by sitting or bending forward. In rare cases, the nerves which control your bladder, bowel and sexual function can be compressed. This is known as cauda equina syndrome (CES) and often requires urgent surgical intervention. Fortunately, immediate spinal surgery is only necessary in a few cases.