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What is the best way to treat cervical spondylolisthesis?

What is the best way to treat cervical spondylolisthesis?

Depends: Neck pain is best treated with therapy, exercise (isometric, aerobic), sometimes medication. If there are nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, pain) in the arms, other treatment may be needed.

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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

Is the subluxation or slippage of one vertebral body over another, usually with the more superior body slipping forward relative to the body below. This can be due to to etiologies such as ligamentous laxity or an abnormality of the bone (spondylolysis). If mild, it may be asymptomatic. If severe or unstable, it could cause kinking/compression of the spinal cord ...Read more


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What are some exercises for someone with spondylolisthesis?

What are some exercises for someone with spondylolisthesis?

Core stabilization: Physical fitnes weight management and core stabilization as well as pelvic floor strengthening are likely important. Furthermore most people are worse in either spine extension or flexion so strengthening in the opposite direction is helpful. See a physical therapist who specializes in the spine.

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What are some safe and pain-free exercises for someone with spondylolisthesis?

What are some safe and pain-free exercises for someone with spondylolisthesis?

Lots!: Just about any exercise is potentially okay. Use common sense. If a given exercise is uncomfortable, decide if it is mild discomfort from doing something new, or something that you will pay for later. People with painful joints and back problems ofter can do exercises in water, so look into water aerobics, swimming, water walking (but obviously you need pool access).

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I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis grade 2. Which exercises are safe to perform?

I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis grade 2. Which exercises are safe to perform?

All: All are safe to perform but some may aggravate symptoms and may need to be modified or avoided if too painful. Most exercise programs for people with this condition aim at core strengthening, flexibility and cardiovascular routines. Generally, if weight lifting, squats and deadlifts should be avoided.

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Can spondylolisthesis grade 1-2 be treated through physical therapy, lifestyle, or exercise?

Conservative rx: Spondylolysis break in posterior element, pars, of vertebrae. Bilateral frxs can result in listhesis, of vertebra forward. Gr1&2 slip mild usually do not cause serious symptoms. Idiopathic, traumatic, dysplastic formsFurther degree of slip can cause pain and neurologic sxs from compression on nerves. Conservative therapy for mild forms without surgery usual rx. Rest and strengthening core muscles.

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What are exercises I can do if I have spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

What are exercises I can do if I have spinal stenosis (l2, l3), spondylolisthesis, and osteopenia?

Several: Weight bearing exercise will increase your bone mass. Since you have stenosis exercises with you sitting or flexed would be comfortable like a bike or on a treadmill with an incline. Yoga and pilates for core stabilization as well.

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Does stomach muscle tightening exercises help in reducing symptoms of mild L5 spondylolisthesis?

Does stomach muscle tightening exercises help in reducing symptoms of mild L5 spondylolisthesis?

Yes: No treatment works 100% of the time, but strengthening the back and tummy (abdominal) muscles is helpful for many people with back problems.

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I have spondylolisthesis herniated disc at L4 l5.Had 4 epidurals some relief, back exercise the pain is worse. Heat &meds help some what else can I do?

I have spondylolisthesis herniated disc at L4 l5.Had 4 epidurals some relief, back exercise the pain is worse. Heat &meds help some what else can I do?

Try back support: For some, a simple elastic lumbar support can help as well as a tens unit. About 30% choose surgery with an 85% success rate.

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Anyone diagnosed spondylolisthesis?

What is the question: Spondylolithesis is diagnosed by flexion and extension xrays but may also be picked up on mri.

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What are the best ways to treat spondylolisthesis?

What are the best ways to treat spondylolisthesis?

Exercises: Spondylolisthesis is often found on x-ray examination as an incidental findings. Just because it is there, does not mean that it is the cause of your symptoms. When is established that this is the cause of your symptoms, then exercises, bracing and nsaids such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil and Aleve make help. If not prescription pain medication may be prescribed. If all fail then surgical intervention.

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What are common complications of spondylolisthesis?

What are common complications of spondylolisthesis?

Pain: Back pain is the most common symptom. Nerve symptoms can also occur: numbness, tingling, pain in the legs. Rarely it can affect the ability to empty the bladder or bowels.

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Spondylolisthesis is painful and depressing, any advice?

Consult a specialist: Spondylolisthesis is a spinal deformity which can be something you were born with or be acquired. It is correctable with surgery. You should consult either a spine orthopedic surgeon or a spine neurosurgeon. Research the specialists available to you on line by going to the scoliosis research society or ask your primary health care provider.

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My spondylolisthesis is painful and depressing, any advice?

Agree w Dr Linville: Determine if this is the cause of your pain. If yes, then find out all your treatment options -so that you can work on improving this. Don't give in to pain & depression if improvment is possible. Take care.

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What is the definition or description of: Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis: Is the subluxation or slippage of one vertebral body over another, usually with the more superior body slipping forward relative to the body below. This can be due to to etiologies such as ligamentous laxity or an abnormality of the bone (spondylolysis). If mild, it may be asymptomatic. If severe or unstable, it could cause kinking/compression of the spinal cord or nerve root compression.

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Can you tell me what is spondylolisthesis and its management?

Can you tell me what is spondylolisthesis and its management?

Slippage: One bone slips forward on top of the one underneath it. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms) so no treatment is necessary. Many people with it have pain that responds to exercise, physical therapy and mild medication. A few are severe enough for surgery.

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more