Spondylolisthesis – A Non-Surgical Approach To Treat This Condition

Spondylolisthesis is a pathological condition in which one of the vertebral bones slips out of its normal anatomical place on to the adjacent bone present lower to it. In some persons, this condition is asymptomatic but in some persons, it causes severe lower back pain.

The non-surgical treatment for the patients suffering from this condition is to the treatment for patients with backache or leg pain due to some other pathological conditions. During the period of treatment, the doctor usually advises periodic X-Rays of your vertebral column for the monitoring of the affected vertebrae and to make sure that the condition is not further worsening. If the disc slip progress forward, it may compress the adjacent nerves which is a serious complication. The risk of slippage of the disc is more in the persons who are under the age of sixteen years because the vertebral column is still growing at this age.

Here we’ll describe some non-surgical approaches for the treatment of this condition.

1) Medication

Medicines are used to reduce the inflammation and pain which is felt in the lower back or legs due to this condition. Commonly used medications are NSAIDs, acetaminophen or oral steroids. Commonly used NSAIDs are aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other COX-2 inhibitors. NSAIDs have an excellent pain relieving effect.

Please do not take any medicine until your doctor prescribe it.

2) Backrack™ Spinal Care Device

Backrack™ is an effective way to treat and prevent Spondylolisthesis. This device has a unique concept and application in back care. Based on patented Backrack technology, the Backrack™ is a decompression device designed for home use. It can treat not just the symptoms but the causes of back pain in the comfort of your own home. This handy spinal decompression device is the lifesaver of millions due to its vast applications in back pain treatment.

If you’re looking for a non-invassive back pain treatment then Backrack™ is just for you!

3) Heat or Ice Application

Heat and cold application are used to relieve localized pain. Commonly, cold fomentation is recommended to treat the pain or discomfort which is caused by directly any physical activity. Cold fomentation acts to decrease the inflammation and in turn, pain is also relieved. Hot fomentation is suggested for muscle relaxation and pain relieved. Heat application enhances the blood flow to the intervertebral discs and muscles which causes muscle relaxation and pain is reduced.

4) Physical Therapy

Stretching exercises are suggested. In the first step, hamstring stretching is advised and then further exercises are progressed over time. It is recommended that particular attention must be given to the stretching exercises of the hamstring muscles (muscles of the back of the thigh). If this action is performed twice in a day, it significantly reduces the stress from the lower back. The series of exercises must be performed with the advice of your doctor or physiotherapist.

Apart from the stretching exercise, you may also perform bending forward exercise to touch the toe which will make the tense muscles relaxed in the lumbar region of your back. Cobra pose is also beneficial. Lie on stomach keeping hands face down on the sides of shoulders. Try to lift your chest smoothly. Child’s pose is also effective. You must sit on heels and bend forward to touch your head to the floor. Stretch your arms to the side of the head.

5) Chiropractic Manipulation

It is also termed as manual manipulation and taken from physiatrists, physiotherapists, osteopathic doctors or other trained health professionals. This modality helps in pain relieving by the mobilization of painful joints dysfunction.

6) Activity Modification

In some patients, particular activities or sports enhance lower back pain. In such patients, it is recommended to avoid these activities. It should not be taken in the sense that you adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Moderate activities of low intensities for example swimming are recommended because they enhance blood flow to the vertebral column and thus the speed of your recovery is exaggerated.

7) Bracing

Your physician or physiotherapist may advise you a back brace or back support belt to provide some extra support to your lower back and prevent the vertebral column from adopting some unnatural curvatures. Generally, it is recommended that you may wear a back support belt any time you are not taking rest. You should decide the correct type of brace and the period to wear it after taking advice from your doctor.


8) Apply a Pain-Relief Cream

There are many pain relieving creams which are easily available in pharmacies and give pain-relieving effect. Creams which are rich in capsaicin, are very useful in giving pain relief. Creams which predominantly have menthol provide a cooling effect that temporarily masks the back pain. According to studies, menthol also causes the desensitization of the pain receptors in the body.

9) Switch Shoes

If your shoes are not comfortable for you, either too fit or too loose, change them. It will make better your lower back pain.

Prevention of Spondylolisthesis

Use the Backrack™ spinal care device twice a week to prevent Spondylolisthesis. You can also do the following to lessen the risk of disc slips:

  1. Try to build the strength of your abdominal and back muscles. It helps in the stabilization of the back and provides support to intervertebral discs.
  2. Do not select activities or sports that may place your back at risk of trauma or injury. You must choose healthily and back supporting activities like biking, swimming or stretching exercises.
  3. Maintain you weight within the normal limit of BMI. This is so because extra weight exerts extra stress to your vertebral column and the risk for disc slippage is enhanced.
  4. Take care of your diet. Eat a diet rich in calcium, vitamin D and other minerals containing all the macro and micronutrients. This will make your bones stronger.