3 Spondylolisthesis & Spondylolysis Tips For Beginner’s

Spondylolisthesis Tips

Whether you have just been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis or you have been diagnosed years ago, these 3 tips may come in handy during your search for less pain.

Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to get a second (or third, or fourth……) opinion.

Once diagnosed with a spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis keep in mind that you do have options.  One option often overlooked is to get a second opinion.

Getting a second opinion or seeing another doctor does not mean you don’t like the original doctor or disagree with him/her, it only means you are maximizing your options.

With an injury like a spondy, you owe it to yourself to get advice and direction from someone you are completely comfortable with.

Doctors share different opinions for each and every case.  Some doctors might recommend a back brace and lots of rest, some doctors might say skip the brace and start therapy right away.

Since there is no one way to cure spondy’s, often times doctors will prescribe different paths of recovery.

Getting multiple opinions helps you match the care you need to your personality and beliefs.  Having a doctor and therapy team that is on the same page as you will go a long way in making your recovery smoother.

Tip #2: Don’t get discouraged with setbacks.

One thing I learned about having a spondy is that at some point during your therapy/recovery process you will experience some kind of setback.

The setback might involve having a day or a few days of discomfort or it might be some excruciating pain that forces you to stay in bed.

No matter how bad the pain, try and remember that it is only a setback.

Maybe you tried an exercise that didn’t feel good or maybe you performed a stretch that caused more pain than relief.  Explain your pain and discomfort to your medical professional and hopefully they will make the necessary adjustments to your program.

As hard as it may be, try to learn from what caused the set back.  Over the years I have learned exactly what movements and exercises cause me pain.  I had to learn the hard way, but I now know not to do them again.

Over time your knowledge will increase and your pain will decrease.

Tip #3: Keep a journal or activity log.

I cannot stress enough how important keeping a journal is.  It doesn’t have to be exact, just a quick log of your activities for the day.

Keeping an activity journal is one of the best tools you can use.  A journal will allow you to back track and find what might have lead to your pain.

Using an activity journal allowed me to discover that one of my main triggers for flair ups was extended times of inactivity.

I then adjusted my routine to reduce the amount of time of inactivity and avoid flair ups.

By keeping a journal you will discover exactly what leads to your pain.  From there you can make the adjustments necessary to help you live a pain free life.

Keep an eye out for what activites that preceed days of pain.  This may help you eliminate causes of flare ups and avoid setbacks all together.

These tips may seem simple, but they can go a long way in your recovery process.

If you have any tips that have helped you……leave a comment below so others can benefit as well.

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  1. Kathy
    5 years ago

    I have an 8 inch steal rod (Herrington Rod) fused to my spine in 1972 that makes me 52 yrs old. will these exercises help me or hurt me.

    thank you,
    Kathy

    If you know of anyone doing a study on people that had Herrington Rods fused to their spice back them I would like to know about it. thank you


    • Spondy
      5 years ago

      Hi Kathy,

      All of the exercises on this website are intended not only for people who suffer from spondy’s, but also for people who have received the advice or permission of a doctor or therapist to move foward with activites, exercises or stretches.

      The reason for this is simple. We cannot see, screen, or look at how you move or what your physical weaknesses are. Therefore we are not in position to say “X” exercise will help you or hurt you. That decision is best left to a doctor or therapist that can physically see you and hear from you about your current condition.

      That doctor or therapist will be able to evaluate your current condition and provide you with the answers you are looking for. I discuss this more in our latest blog post titled “How To Find The Best Spondylolisthesis Exercise For You“.

      Also, if you haven’t yet, please download our Free Beginner’s Guide. We discuss why seeing a doctor and getting evaluated is an important first step and it may provide you with a better answer your question.

      As far as studies that are currently being conducted for Herrington Rods, I am not aware of any. I will keep my eyes peeled and re-post to this comment if I come across anything.

      Thanks for commenting and I wish I could give you a concrete answer for your first question, but there is much more to the answer than providing you with a simple “yes it will hurt you” or “no it won’t”.

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