What is Spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis occurs when a bone (vertebrae) within the spine fractures, causing one bone (vertebrae) to slip forward relative to the rest of the spine. Typically, this slippage forward is found in the lowest vertebrae within the spine. The fracture resulting in slippage can be due to trauma or overuse, such as participation in sports that require repetitive hyperextension of the spine such as gymnastics and diving.
Symptoms can range from mild ache to severe pain if there is compression on the nerves exiting the spine or spinal cord. Many people experience symptoms that are within the mild to moderate category that can be stabilized with improved posture and muscle strengthening. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to fuse the area and bring stability back.
How physical therapy helps spondylolisthesis
We work with you and your physician to create an individualized program to strengthen key muscles in order to stabilize the spine and provide education on the proper techniques to maintain spinal stability. We also address any other factors such as hip weakness or muscle tightness that may be impacting your symptoms. Physical therapy can help treat the root source of the pain and get you back to feeling great. In the event that surgery is required, we will be with you every step of the way to ensure a thorough recovery. Request a complimentary consultation at Wellspring Health Center today in Eden Prairie, MN to set up an initial appointment and get relief for spondylolisthesis today!