Exercising with Spondylolisthesis

What is Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is described as slippage of the vertebra in the spinal column, which can result in stresses on the tissues and impact the delicate nerve structures in the spine. Patients may need to confront this condition through a variety of conservative therapies. However, exercises are often recommended for patients suffering from painful spondylolisthesis symptoms, such as nerve and axial spine pain as well as tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness.

The right kind of stretching and fitness routine can be very beneficial in strengthening key muscles and relieving muscle tightness and pain. Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning a new fitness regime, as the wrong course of treatment could result in your condition worsening. Read on to learn about which treatment plan would be best for alleviating the discomfort associated with your spondylolisthesis condition.

Benefits of Exercising with Spondylolisthesis

If your doctor has diagnosed you with spondylolisthesis, it is essential to exercise the muscles in the back and abdomen so they can support and stabilize the spine.Doctors often recommend yoga 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. 

With yoga or any spondylolisthesis exercise you perform, it is important that you don’t push yourself too hard. If you strain a muscle it could end up doing more harm than good. If you decide to try yoga, find a trusted and licensed instructor and let them know about your spondylolisthesis symptoms.

Treatment with BEST Health System

Oftentimes, patients can find relief through conservative treatment options and therapies. This may include but is not limited to, physical therapy, pain medication, hot and cold therapy, and other methods. Doctors typically encourage patients to try these conservative methods for at least a month or two before considering surgery. 

If surgery does become necessary, it is important to consider all options. Modern medical advances have allowed for the development of minimally invasive surgical alternatives. This allows patients to enjoy the benefits of surgery without the long recovery period, large incisions, and hospital stays. At BEST Health System, we are proud to offer these minimally invasive spine procedures. 

Contact BEST Health System to learn more.