Spondylolisthesis is one of those diagnoses that would be considered a more severe cause of lower back pain. In this June edition of the Chat Magazine, they interviewed our member Janet, who after really being in a bad way, has turned things around completely, even improving the diagnosis, verified independently too!
We’ve posted a picture of the full feature below for those of you who are interested in reading the whole article, but suffice to say it was Janet’s hard work and dedication over an extended period of time that turned things around. Having serious pain and not responding to Phsyiotherapy exercises (many of you reading this will know why…) Janet wasn’t in the best frame of mind and things didn’t seem to be looking positive.
This is just another example where delayed diagnosis and putting things down to “getting old” is not ideal. It was always unclear whether the original MRI imaging done through the GP actually revealed the spondylolisthesis, as lying on your back, for some, can hide these issues, this is something we talk about at length in the podcast episode on MRI vs X-Rays. On Standing X-rays which were carried out and reported on independently alongside our own analysis, the spondylolisthesis, Grade 2 was clearly evident.
We talk much more in detail about spondylolisthesis on the dedicated podcast episode which you can check out here.
Suffice to say, the most important thing in these cases is diligence and consistency with the right exercises, all too often those with these issues get caught out doing exercises like child’s pose and knee hugs for relief, but these are actually more problematic, and the opposite exercise, cobra isn’t good either. Focus on spine stability and maintenance of the neutral alignment is the best way forwards and what ultimately needs to be developed.
This fundamentally is no different to any other back injury, whether it’s a disc bulge, or a minor strain. The only difference is the stakes are higher and failure to do this correctly will be more problematic the more severe the injury.
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