Spondylolisthesis Treatment Tip – Stay Positive!

Positive Spondylolisthesis Thinking

Most of the time our blog contains the use of scientific studies,exercises, stretches and statistics to back up our post, but in today’s spondylolisthesis treatment tip I am only using personal experience as my guide.

I have no studies to prove my points; I only have my personal battle with spondylolisthesis to fall back on.

Hopefully, the following tip will help you in your battle against spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.

As most of you know I have had a grade 1 spondylolisthesis since the age of 16.  Over the years the one thing that has remained constant with having a spondylolisthesis is the mental ups and downs.

It’s a real swing of emotions, one day you feel great and are confident things are getting better and the next
day you are down because you cannot walk without pain and discomfort. Not only does the pain affect how you physically feel, it effects your energy and mental state of mind as well.

For most, spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis pain is more constant than not.  In your attempt to find relief you look for help in all different forms including doctors, therapist, and websites.  You feel good briefly and then all of a sudden you revert to the same old pain. The pain is a constant reminder that something is not right with your back.

In my experience, the mental aspect of having a spondy is the toughest battle to overcome.  For me personally no one understood exactly what I was going through and therefore no one could provide me with help or advice.

I was a teenager who could not do what I loved and could not understand why. I was down, mad and pissed off. But as I have learned more about this condition and about the human body I can honestly tell you that you can move and feel better!

And the best part is you can move and feel better more often than not.

Yes, you will have to do a little more work to feel “normal” when compared to your friends, neighbors or family, but overall it is not that bad.  If you can accept the fact that some days you might not be 100% and you might have a slight set back here and there, mentally things get so much easier.

I used to get so mad when my back would hurt. I would play the stupid “why me” game and feel sorry for myself.  Not only did my back hurt, I was sad and had no motivation.  It wasn’t until I started feeling better that I was able to look back and think how much easier the recovery would have been with a little confidence and positive thinking.

These sad thoughts are normal, natural and part of life.  In all honesty it is easier for me to say this because I now feel better and have confidence that no matter what my setback is I can get back to feeling great.  But trust me; I was in your shoes.

At one point I was laying in bed unable to move without pain and discomfort wondering if things would ever get better. Thinking to myself if surgery would help and how fast could I get it.

I had more days of pain than I had days pain free.

I originally had a goal of finding a way to make my back feel better that was healthy and safe without surgery.

I can honestly say I have accomplished that.

With that being said, my new goal is to help others find relief.  And one of the best spondylolisthesis treatment tips I can provide is to stay positive.  I explain this to every teenager and adult I come across.

This process of feeling better can speed up with increasing your knowledge about the condition, beginning a proper exercise and stretching program and maintaining a positive thought process throughout.2 thumbs up

Without staying positive everything becomes harder.  You have no desire to get better or perform that next day of exercise or therapy. Things compound and spiral downhill.

But with a positive state of mind, you learn and do what you can to improve.  Exercise and therapy become easier and enjoyable and things WILL slowly get better.

You can move and feel better after being diagnosed with a spondylolisthesis.  One of the first things you can do to start this process is to start thinking positive.

Whether your experiences are positive or negative, share a comment with us and let us know.  Speaking about the condition to others who have the same issues can really help the way you think and progress in recovery.

With the right plan of attack, the right attitude and a good work ethic you will improve your chances of improving dramatically. Along the way remain positive, even during your minor setbacks.

And remember, you now have a website to fall back on for support, information and encouragement!

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  1. aline mascari
    4 years ago

    thank you in advance for any information you can send me. your article gave this 89 year old woman hope and i am thinking positive. have been active my entire life and walked many miles daily. this has been difficult with the pain and trying to cope and get use to my discomfort. anhy information you can send will be greatly appreciated. my doctor has ordered physical therapy and after 3 sessions i am hopefuly that there is a ray of sunshine for me. thank you again.

    • Spondy
      4 years ago


      Thanks so much for the kind comment! It sounds like you are on the right track by seeing a doctor and beginning your physical therapy. Keep your head high and remain positive as you begin your steps to feeling better. As far as information goes, make sure to sign up for our “Free Spondy Beginner’s Guide“. This will give you some great tips, advice, and pointers to help you along. Best of luck!

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