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A 30-year-old female asked:

i understand that quad muscle tightness is common with spondylolisthesis. why is that?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Hamstring tightness: Spondylolisthesis ( slipping of a vertabra 'in front' of the vertabra below it) generally results in back pain and back spasms which can lead to compensatory 'tightness' in the hamstring muscle group( back of thigh muscles/ tendons that flex knee and span both the hip and knee joint.)'Tight' quads( though it may also be present )is not a typical of spondylolisthesis. Hope that helps! Good Luck!

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I understand that quad lumborum muscle tightness is common with spondylolisthesis. Why is that?

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Back pain.: Spondylolisthesis can be associated with back pain and stiffness. Due to the lack of activity, the muscles around the listhesis (such as the quad lumborum) can secondarily get tight. Gentle stretching exercises can be helpful. I suggest initially doing this under the supervision of a physical therapist.

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