Treating Spondylolisthesis with Alternative Treatments and Exercise

Spondylolisthesis, a common sports-related injury, occurs when one vertebra slips beneath another. Though this spinal condition can occur due to degenerative issues as a person ages, athletes who participate in high-impact sports are especially susceptible to developing spondylolisthesis. Stiffness in the hamstrings, pain in the back and buttocks, and muscle spasms are the most common symptoms associated with spondylolisthesis. Alternative treatments are available for this condition and may lead to a reduction in pain.

Some alternative treatments to consider

Although spondylolisthesis is quite common in athletes who are known for their extreme exercise habits, ironically, the use of exercise can actually help to relieve symptoms for some patients. Contact sports may be off limits in order to prevent further injury, but some physicians suggest that low-impact exercises are beneficial to patients with spondylolisthesis. These exercises may include:

  • Yoga – Yoga utilizes different poses to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the body, especially the back. Done in moderation, this can be quite beneficial to some patients with spondylolisthesis.
  • Pilates – This exercise method — which focuses on proper breathing, mental concentration, smooth movement and correct spinal alignment — seeks to develop the core muscles found in the abdomen and back. Stronger abdominal and back muscles can help relieve the symptoms of spondylolisthesis by providing greater support to the vertebrae, thereby reducing the amount of pressure placed on the spine and its nerve roots.

Consult your physician before trying any exercise program

Patients should always speak with their primary care physicians before beginning any exercise regimen, especially those who have been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. Alternative treatments, including the minimally invasive procedures performed by Laser Spine Institute, can provide great relief to patients with spinal conditions. Contact us to learn if one of our effective outpatient procedures can help you find relief from neck and back pain. Make sure to call us for a review of your MRI or CT scan.