Those with a family history of back problems, or a medical history of repetitive trauma or hyper-extension of the lower back or lumbar spine, are more likely to develop spondylolisthesis. Athletics and people with a job that requires strong forces being applied to the spine are also generally at greater risk for developing spondylolisthesis.
For low grades of spondylolisthesis, effective treatment usually requires the use of regular spondylolisthesis exercises to strengthen the back and to prevent the condition from accelerating. Click here to view the exercises
You can use complementary and alternative medicine along with standard or conventional care to treat neck and back pain caused by a torn disc. Although no large studies have proven the effectiveness or safety of seeing a chiropractor for spondylolisthesis, chiropractic manipulation may help some people. You are welcome to talk to us about the potential benefits and risks before seeing a chiropractor for spondylolisthesis.
Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anti-pain medications, and muscle relaxants are sometimes prescribed for a short time (four to six weeks) during spondylolisthesis therapy. Anti-inflammatory spondylolisthesis medications in particular can help reduce pain and swelling. If over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers fail to adequately control your pain, epidural steroid injections may be recommended to help ease pain and other spondylolisthesis symptoms.
Yes. Generally, physical therapy involving exercise and massage plays an important role in helping heal from the pain and discomfort associated with spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis therapy may also incorporate massage can help relief pain, and exercises can help stabilize and strengthen your spine.