Tips for swimming with spondylosis

Did you know that swimming is an excellent way to strengthen your neck and back to help alleviate pain associated with spondylosis? Spondylosis is a condition in which the soft tissue in the spine degenerates over time, causing the muscles in the spine to weaken, spinal discs to lose their ability to cushion the vertebrae and facet joints to gradually deteriorate. As a result, nerve compression and other painful symptoms can occur and affect your everyday enjoyment of life.

If you have been diagnosed with spondylosis, your doctor will likely prescribe a conservative treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms. This plan may include low-impact exercise such as swimming, which is significantly easier on the joints and spine than other forms of exercise such as running. Swimming can help strengthen the muscles in your neck, back, legs and shoulders, all of which can help to lessen the stress placed on your spine.

Tips for swimming with spondylosis

While swimming is an excellent way to combat the pain associated with spondylosis, there are a few things to keep in mind to prevent exacerbating your condition. Some tips when swimming with spondylosis include:

  • Don’t overdo your workout — as this can actually add to muscle strain and additional pain
  • Use a mask and snorkel — to prevent you from having to lift your head up for air, which causes you to arch your back and can cause more pain
  • Begin with water therapy — if traditional swimming is too hard on your back
  • Stretch — before you swim to loosen your muscles and prevent straining them

In addition to swimming, other conservative treatment methods used to alleviate the symptoms of spondylosis include pain medication, low-impact exercise, weight loss, stretching, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment options that will provide the most relief for your condition.

For many patients, swimming and other nonsurgical treatment options are enough to alleviate the symptoms of spondylosis. However, if after several weeks or months you have not found relief from your pain, you may be interested in the minimally invasive spine surgery offered by Laser Spine Institute. Our outpatient procedures have helped thousands of patients to date and are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.^

To learn more about the minimally invasive surgery we perform, contact Laser Spine Institute today. When you do, we can provide you with a free MRI review* to help determine if you’re a candidate for our outpatient procedures.