Spondylolisthesis exercises are often recommended as part of a conservative treatment plan for patients diagnosed with this painful condition. While your physician will likely prescribe physical therapy, a spinal brace or some other forms of treatment in addition to exercises, the right kind of stretching and fitness routine can be very beneficial in strengthening key muscles and relieving muscle tightness and pain.
Because spondylolisthesis is characterized by a slipped vertebra in the spinal column, it is essential to exercise the muscles in the back and abdomen so they are able to support and stabilize the spine. Yoga is highly recommended because it strengthens and elongates muscles in the legs and back. Yoga also involves the use of breathing techniques that allow you to relax and focus on your body’s response to every movement. You might be surprised by the number of benefits yoga can provide.
With yoga or any spondylolisthesis exercises you perform, it is important that you don’t push yourself too hard, as you could end up doing more harm than good. In addition, do not do any stretches or exercises unless your physician first approves them. If you decide to try yoga, make sure that you find a trusted and licensed yoga instructor, and let them know about your spondylolisthesis symptoms.
If spondylolisthesis exercises and other treatment options prove to be ineffective in relieving pain, your physician might begin to explore the possibility of more aggressive techniques like back surgery. However, there are now minimally invasive options for back surgery that allow the condition to be treated in an outpatient setting and with a greatly reduced number of side effects. Laser Spine Institute offers highly advanced, minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures that help avoid tissue and muscle damage and allow for a shorter recovery time§ compared to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive alternatives have been proven to be effective in treating spondylolisthesis, and have already helped more than 60,000 patients find relief from their neck and back pain.
If you’d like more information on the spondylolisthesis treatment options offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. You can speak to one of our Spine Care Consultants and submit your most recent MRI for review to see if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.