3 Steps To Help You Enjoy Your Hobby Again

Over the summer I really started to increase the amount of time I spent participating in my favorite hobby…..golf.

As the amount of time I spent on the course and range increased I was constantly aware of the importance of staying consistent with my stretching and strengthening exercises to keep my spondylolisthesis pain at bay.

If you are anything like me you probably have a hobby that you love. And there is a large crowd of people that love their hobbies so much they would do almost anything to participate in them.

This includes finding a way to participate even if they are restricted by spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis pain.

Many activities come to mind when I think of hobbies that may be limited due to spondy’s, but yet people may try to push through the pain just to enjoy their love.

The activities listed below all come to mind…

  • Golf
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Gardening
  • Playing with kids/grandchildren
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Working out

It is very possible that the hobby you love requires movement that you do not have proper control over.  Not having the movement that is required for the hobby you love may lead to compensations and stress on your spondy.

So instead of pushing through the discomfort and remaining in a state of constant spondy pain, try these three steps instead…

1. Take a SHORT break from your activity to BRIEFLY avoid what may be hurting you and let the inflammation subside.

2. Search for one of our recommended full body screening methods in your area that we have listed on our spondy toolbox page.

3. Meet with a rehab professional to get your screen and discuss what movements are involved with your activity. Then work with your rehab professional to come up with a plan to attack these weaknesses.

It is very possible your hobby is leading to some of your spondy pain.

But instead of writing this up as another loss to your spondy and giving up on your hobby all together, eliminate all possible culprits. Your poor movement habits may be one of them and improving how you move may allow you to enjoy your hobby again! 

My favorite hobby is golf and being able to play again has filled a void that I missed. (That is me below enoying my favorite hobby/activity.)

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I would love to hear about your favorite hobby that has been restricted by your spondy. Comment below to let me and others know.

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  1. Harish Kumar
    4 years ago

    Hello
    I am 29 years old and i have been working out since last 6 years and from last 1 year have been doing Taekwando, I love doing Taekwando but recently i discovered that i have spondylolysis in my lower back doctor said that my lower bone has moved 7mm and that is what is causing me pain, i am constantly feeling a radiating pain on my left leg till my toe. I am here in Japan Tokyo and doctor says only thing i can do is to have a surgery or just keep eating pain killer pills, i am totally confused what to do. as i don’t to stop doing taekwando but its getting very difficult to continue with this pain. I have been to many doctors here but no one is able to help me 🙁

    Can you suggest something which will help me. I have MRI scans also i can send them to you if that will help to give some suggestion.


    • Spondy
      4 years ago

      Hi Harish,

      Thank you for finding the site. Unfortunately I am not a doctor so I really cannot read your MRI and provide you with information on how to recover. That type of information can only come from a doctor. Out of curiosity, did the doctor prescribe you with a brace or anything to immobilize the injury for a while? In most cases a spondylolysis involves a small fracture of the pars interarticularis. If that fracture progresses and then slips, then you have a spondylolithesis. See our article on the difference between spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis here.

      That radiating pain could be a cause of multiple things, most likely some kind of nerve compression. This compression could be from poor quality of movement, bulging discs, or a multitude of other things. This is something that your doctor will have to discuss with you to figure out.

      Have you ever tried physical therapy or any kind of rehab methods? Again, although I do not know your exact condition I find it a little unfair the doctor has not offered you any alternative methods for recovery. A high percentage of grade 1 & 2 spondy’s can be improved upon with proper therapy and rehab practices. So try not to get to down.

      I understand your pain and frustration, but I cannot prescribe to you any rehab exercises or a path to recovery without knowing how you move, bend, feel, etc. This should be left up to a rehab specialist who can physically see you.

      First of all download and read our Free Spondy Beginner’s Recovery Guide to help you understand what is going on and to remove some of your confusion and frustration. Secondly, see if you can locate and rehab specialist in your area that are certified in the FMS or SFMA. We talk about these movement screens more on our Spondy Toolbox Page. Start with this and go from there. I am sorry I cannot be of more immediate help, but this will give you a great starting point. Read up on all of our articles as well. Your sport requires a ton of proper movement by the body. It also requires strength, mobility, flexibility and stability in important areas. If you lack quality movement Taekwando could really be putting stress on your spondy. Hopefully by improving upon these areas you can once again enjoy your sport.

      Let me know if you have any other questions and best of luck!


  2. Joel Teig
    1 year ago

    I just wanted you to know that I have suffered from spondylolisthesis for the past 5 years. I have undergone physical therapy with sporadic improvement in the pain, especially of one leg. I daily exercise daily to strengthen my core muscles (have ripples now that I never had). I still have pain especially when walking.

    One thing that always alleviates the pain is golf. I might have pain when I tee the ball up on the first hole, but by the second shot the pain is gone for the entire round. My game has not suffered, other than my distance is a little shorter as I try not to over swing.

    I need golf and I try to play for a physical and mental resolution of my spondylolisthesis pain. I only hope this continues. I am 69 years old and have longevity in my family. I hope there is a way to control the pain, even when not playing golf. I have had epidurals along with the PT. I want to avoid surgery at all costs, because I know it will change more than just the pain.


    • SpondyInfo
      1 year ago

      Hi Joel. That is interesting that golf alleviates your pain. Personally I love golf, but I would have never been able to play at the height of a flare up. Even if I was having mild pain golfing was always a challenge. Like you, golf is a hobby that I never want to lose. I love being outdoors and all of the mental and physical challenges that golf provides. Keep improving upon your physical weaknesses off the course to maintain the current levels of strength and flexibility you have. One thing I would highly recommend for you would be a movement analysis by a certified professional. This would allow them to find out your exact physical weaknesses and provide you with some movement exercises to focus on at home. Mentioning your passion for golf to them would also help them combine your activities and constant movement patterns with exercises and stretches to help your body prepare for the rigors of the sport. Golf is great, my only knock is the repetitive movement in one plane that can lead to compensations and asymmetries. This won’t stop me from playing, however I do make it a point to work attacking these compensations in my weekly workouts. This link will explain more: http://spondyinfo.com/how-poor-movement-can-affect-your-spondy-and-how-to-fix-it/

      Thanks for the comment Joel!

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