Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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Retrolisthesis is the backward slide of one vertebra on the other. This slide occurs with disc degeneration or angulation. The vertebra cannot slide backwards without wear or stretch of the discs and facets. Normally, retrolisthesis is seen in cases of Scheuermann’s disorder (see website) but most commonly in cases of simple disc degeneration.

The retrolisthesis may or may not cause any symptoms and by itself does not need treatment unless it causes pain. Calf pain most likely is not caused by the retrolisthesis however back pain can originate from the degenerative changes.

Dr. Corenman