DO YOU SUFFER FROM SPONDYLOLISTHESIS?!
Spondylolisthesis is where one of the bones in your spine, known as a vertebra, slips out of position.
It’s most common in the lower back, but it can also happen in the mid to upper back or at the top of the spine at the back of your neck.
Spondylolisthesis is not the same as a slipped disc. A slipped disc is when a disc (the tissue between the bones in your spine) moves out of place.
Many people may not realise they have spondylolisthesis because it does not always cause symptoms.
Symptoms can include:
- lower back pain – which is usually worse when you’re active or when you’re standing, and is often relieved by lying down
- pain, numbness or a tingling feeling spreading from your lower back down your legs (sciatica) – this happens if the bone in the spine presses on a nerve
- tight hamstring muscles
- stiffness or tenderness in your back
- curvature of the spine (kyphosis)
Initial treatments for spondylolisthesis may include:
- a short period of rest
- anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen, or stronger painkillers available on prescription
- physiotherapy – simple stretching and strengthening exercises may help increase the range of motion in your lower back and hamstrings
- if you have pain, numbness and tingling in your legs, corticosteroid injections around the compressed nerve and into the centre of your spine may be recommended
If you feel you suffer from Spondylolisthesis try the exercise on our instagram @rainhamphysiotherapycentre or call us at Rainham Physiotherapy Centre on 01634 377638 and book in for a consultation.