When you have spondylolisthesis, treatments provided by your physician may provide some measure of relief, but there are also a number of things you can do at home to reduce your symptoms further. As with all at-home treatments, however, make sure to check with your physician before trying any new therapies on your own.
A few ideas
While the techniques you use should be based on the severity of your symptoms and the location of your spondylolisthesis in your spine, some methods you might want to consider include:
- Rest – The best remedy for spondylolisthesis is often rest.
- Stretching – Spondylolisthesis often causes tight hamstrings, so to avoid injury, stretch these muscles daily. Loosening up your back can also help to relieve pressure on the spine and even reduce symptoms.
- Exercise – Strength training and cardiovascular exercise can be performed as long as they do not aggravate your condition. You should get your physician’s approval before beginning any fitness regimen.
- Eating healthfully – Spondylolisthesis can be caused by fractures in the vertebrae. By eating a diet rich in calcium and other vital vitamins and minerals, you give your body the nutrients it needs to heal itself.
- Losing weight – Excess pressure on the spine due to a higher body weight can exacerbate the symptoms of spondylolisthesis, and dropping those extra pounds can help your body recover.
More treatments for spondylolisthesis
Depending on the severity of your condition, the above at-home methods may not be enough to relieve your pain and other symptoms. Thankfully, at-home treatments may be combined with conservative treatments provided by your health care provider, including:
- Epidural cortisone injections
- Painkillers, both over the counter and prescription
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
For more information on spondylolisthesis or to learn about the minimally invasive, outpatient procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute to treat this condition, contact us. We also can provide a review of your latest MRI or CT scan.