Thank you for finding your way to! and other informational topics provided on this website are brought to you by Athlete Movement Systems LLC. Our purpose is simple: to provide educational and exercise information to assist those diagnosed with spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis in their quest to both move and feel better.

As someone who also suffers from a ‘spondy’ I can tell you that I understand your frustration. At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and immediately had numerous questions and concerns. I was in constant pain and searching for answers, which proved elusive. I was given the run-around by many doctors and therapists, and didn’t find anything to help me until I decided to enter the field of exercise science and to study the body for myself.

It was not until I started to learn more about this condition and my body that I began to move and feel better. I read books, researched rehab methods, and got a college degree in exercise science with the goal of learning about the human body and helping others.

I spent over ten years in the field of strength and conditioning science. I was able to apply what I learned to my own situation and started to feel better. Along the way, I also worked with others who suffered from spondy. From teenage athletes to middle aged patients, I quickly realized how everyone had the same questions and difficulty I had about spondy.

Until I found the right exercises, stretches and movements in combination with what to avoid, I suffered monthly episodes of pain related to my condition. Over the years I have learned what has worked and what hasn’t. I have been able to control my pain with education and proper exercise. I now use that knowledge to help others with this condition to return to sports and healthy lives.

I have been certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning coach. I am also certified by USA Weightlifting and the Functional Movement Screen. I have trained and helped countless athletes from youth to professional level achieve their performance goals and return from various injuries.

I partnered up with an outstanding physical therapist, who had provided me with invaluable help in my recovery process, and together we created this site dedicated to people diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis.

Todd Bitzer is a physical therapist, board-certified in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN). He has worked with clients of all ages with non-traumatic orthopedic injury, traumatic injury, and following surgery. He is the owner of Modern Athlete Physical Therapy LLC, an out-patient orthopedic physical therapy clinic located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Todd takes pride in providing individualized attention and care, and strives to uncover the cause of the patient’s complaint in order to provide a meaningful long-term outcome. He believes in empowering his patients by providing them with the knowledge necessary to fully overcome their condition. Todd has experienced success in returning his clients back to the activities and life they have missed, and repeatedly hears “my other therapy was nothing like this.”



Leave A Reply (6 comments so far)

  1. SpondyInfo
    12 months ago

    If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them here or email us at and we will get back to you in a timely manner!

  2. Tanya wainner
    10 months ago

    Can you recommend physical therapist in the San Antonio area?

    • SpondyInfo
      10 months ago

      Hi Tanya,

      I do not personally know of any therapist in the San Antonio area. But my recent blog post explains in detail what steps you can take to find someone.

      I encourage you to give it a read and a try. If you are still struggling to find someone send me an email at and I will see what I can do. Best of luck!

  3. Don Morrow
    2 weeks ago

    Great info so far. I am signing up for the book. Thanks.

    • SpondyInfo
      2 weeks ago

      Thanks Don! Keep in touch with your progress!

  4. Don Morrow
    6 days ago

    Do you know of any therapist in the Nashville area. Thanks.