The More You Know - Understanding Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis Part 2

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Part 1 of this series covered the basics of what Spondylolysis was. Part 2 will cover the prognosis and start to discuss different treatment options.

Prognosis for Spondylolysis
Treatment for this will usually vary based on the severity of the symptoms. Generally speaking, symptoms associated with Sondylolysis will resolve within 6 to 12 weeks in more mild cases.

Research has shown that non-surgical conservative treatments can help to relieve pain, but it is very important to address the underlying issues to prevent a recurrence.

How to Prevent a Recurrence
If you over stress your lower back, chances are pretty high that you’ll have a recurrence of Spondylolysis. If you wish to return to your previous sport or leisure activities, it’s very important that you reduce inflammation, increase flexibility, and work on your core strength and back mobility.

Reduce Inflammation
This is most often done with an over the counter medication such as ibuprofen. In more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe you something different. Additionally, other ways to manage inflammation would be icing the area, acupuncture, a tens machine, or kinesio taping techniques.

Increase Flexibility
A great way to increase flexibility is to simply introduce stretching into your daily routine. Additionally, one might consider yoga or pilates.

Work on Core Strength and Back Mobility
Light weight training and pilates would be effective ways to increase core strength and back mobility.

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