Spondylolisthesis and Physical Therapy

The condition can be a mouth full. One of the most common causes of low back pain, spondylolysis, is a stress fracture in a bone (vertebrae) of the spinal column. Phonetically pronounced spon-dee-low-lye-sis, the disease weakens the bone and manipulates the alignment of the vertebrae.
If the weakened bone is unable to maintain its proper position and support the spine the vertebrae may shift out of place. When this occurs, the diagnosis is referred to as spondylolisthesis (pronounced spon-dee-low-lis-thee-sis). When the shift is becomes so severe, surgery may be the only option to correct the condition.
ONE Brain and Spine Center physician, Dr. Burak Ozgur, works to correct any debilitating spine conditions before surgery is suggested. Offering the best spine care to residents of Irvine and surrounding areas, the physician take conservative measures in correcting spine problems and creating individual treatment processes that lead to a better quality of life.
The cause of spondylolysis ranges from genetics to overuse. Spondylolysis may stem from a hereditary gene in which they are born with a thin vertebral bone that is more vulnerable to slippage. On the other hand, sports injuries are the most reported cause of spondylolysis. Sports such as gymnastics and football require movement that puts a significant amount of stress on the bones of the lower back. Hyperextension is also common for these sports and put individuals at risk.
Because physicians typically want to avoid surgery for cases that can be improved with physical therapy, conservative medical treatment is offered in various forms. Core and lumbar stability strengthening exercises are advised to help support the spine.
Anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen, may also be recommended to reduce swelling and pain. Usually, patients with spondylolysis lose one or more of the functions of proper movement. This includes strength, flexibility, stability, and motion. In order to successfully treat the condition, a unified treatment plan must be designed that address all four functions.
One of the most misconceived ideas about rehabilitation is activity. Patients often believe that limited physical activity will improve their symptoms. While the amount of movement and range of motion should be limited immediately after the injury or trauma, every day activities will become easier of the patient practices some exercise daily.
Usually, a physician will determine what the patient’s strength, flexibility, stability, and motion levels are to establish measurable goals in the treatment plan design. A physician will recommend daily exercises that will help return the patient back to a normal daily routine.
ONE Brain and Spine Center’s individualized treatment programs are based on their findings from an initial evaluation. Every patient is different and will require a different level of movement functions to succeed in reducing spondylolisthesis pain and improving quality of life.
If you or someone you know suffers from spondylolysis or any kind of low back pain, contact a medical staff member at ONE Brain and Spine Center. With top of the line pain management strategies and treatments, the professional medical team provides exceptional care to every patient.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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