Relieve the Pain of Spondylolisthesis with Physical Therapy

Spondylolisthesis is the slippage of the spine vertebra into the bone or vertebra below. The condition causes spine instability and often pain. Over three million cases are reported in America a year.

Although cases are rising in the United States, you can relieve spondylolisthesis pain with physical therapy.

The Causes and Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis

The causes and symptoms of Spondylolisthesis are wide-ranging and can impair patients at any age. Here are a few of the reasons for slippage of the spine vertebra:

  • Injury from sports such as football or gymnastics
  • Genetics
  • Overextending the spine during work, such as a repetitive injury
  • Wear and tear in older adults
  • Arthritis
  • Bad posture while standing and especially when sitting

The symptoms of Spondylolistheses are also wide-ranging. Here are a few of the symptoms indicated by slippage of a spinal vertebra:

  • The top symptom includes pain in the lower back
  • Numbness in the legs
  • Back stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty walking or standing for an extended period
  • Pain when bending over

Treatment depends on the amount of slippage but usually includes physical therapy. In severe cases of Spondylolisthesis, patients may need spinal fusion surgery. Post-operative physical therapy is vital to recovery.

Physical Therapy Relieves the Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis

Although the causes and symptoms of Spondylolisthesis are varied, PT helps in many ways. Physical therapy helps relieve pain and improves range of motion, but it also assists in recovering from any spinal injury.

Walking is an ideal way to relieve the pain of Spondylolisthesis, but you may feel that a new walking program is beyond your current capabilities. Here is a list of ways that physical therapy helps your recovery and manages the symptoms of Spondylolisthesis:

  • Therapy exercises will strengthen muscles that support your spine
  • Your therapist will educate you on proper posture and ways to prevent further spinal damage
  • Physical therapy helps both your body and spine recover from injury
  • PT will improve your range of motion

What to Expect from Your Therapy Network Specialist

You will be assigned a spinal condition specialist during your first visit to The Therapy Network. Physical therapy for Spondylolisthesis includes a series of visits over a four-to-six week timespan. During your appointments, here is what you can expect:

  • Manual therapy, such as deep tissue massage
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Core strengthening exercises
  • Posture Education
  • At - home and self - care exercises

Appointments are available today at the six Therapy Network locations in the Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake.