One Question Every Spondy Patient Should Ask Themselves

Spondylolisthesis question

What activity(s) do you do the most?

This is a simple question all spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis patients should ask themselves at some time in their rehabilitation process.

For example…..

  • Do you sit a ton during the day?
  • Do you play a certain sport almost daily?
  • Do you garden often?
  • Do you play with the kids or grand kids?
  • Do you workout out a ton?
  • Do you run long distances?

The examples listed above are all legitimate answers of spondy patients.

Now, lets look at why this question can be so important.

Asking yourself this question and coming up with an answer may provide you with some insight into your spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis related pain.

You may be suffering from improper mobility, stability, strength or flexibility that forces your body into compensations during your most often performed activity. Or your common activity may be leading to tightness’s or imbalances that may be affecting your movement.

These compensations may be placing unwanted stress on vulnerable areas of your spine.  In turn, this may lead to inflammation, spondy pain, and even more compensations.

Most people do not think past the diagnosis stages of having a spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis. The mind quickly turns to figuring out how to fix the site of the pain, not the possible cause of the pain. You need to think about your daily activities and how they may play a role in the cause of your spondy pain.

The best way to do this is to keep a spondy journal and review it from day to day to help locate possible pain causers.

You might not only locate a certain activity that may be causing you pain, but with a little help from a professional you may be able to correct the issues caused by this activity and reduce some of that nasty spondy inflammation and pain.

So I ask you to ask yourself…

What activity (s) do you do the most?

I would love to hear some of your answers below. I really encourage you to think about this question. Do not overlook simple activities or even activities that you think may be helping your spondy such as yoga or walking. Simply provide your answer in the comment box and let’s work together to figure out what activities may be leading to some of your spondy pain.

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  1. Corey Mondello
    4 years ago

    As a pretty newbie spondy, I do whatever causes the least pain and avoid what I know will trigger pain. I sit a lot so I adjust my position a lot, when I walk, I take it slow, etc.

    • Spondy
      4 years ago

      Hi Corey,

      That is a great point Corey. Knowing your personal pain triggers and knowing how to avoid them are two fantastic ways of keeping pain at bay. After years of having this condition I have learned what to avoid and what to look for (from a movement standpoint). Thanks for posting!

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