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    Posted: Jul 08 2008 at 5:35pm

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Posted - 04/09/2008 :  10:30:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our user asked: "Which numbered back exercises are OK for a person with Spondylolisthesis to do? and which are not recommended?"

Ask a PT Response: "There are 5 types of spondylolisthesis. The one which is most commonly seen by physical therapists is type I (up to 25% slippage). Patients often present with pain and even some radiating symptoms with this condition. Lumbar extension (bending your back backwards)often provokes increase pain and symptoms. Physical therapists often tend to avoid issuing exercises which involve lumbar extension. They tend to prescribe exercises which are more neutral to the spine or have a flexion basis. Stretching exercises are often prescribed and there is also an emphasis on core stabilization training as well. Some examples of exercises which a PT may prescribe can include and are not limited to: single knee to chest stretch, hamstring stretch, pelvic tilt, four point arm/leglift, seated trunk rotation utilizing abdominals, supine curl ups on ball etc.. In your case a consultation with a PT may be beneficial as he or she can assist you in developing a home exercise program which is more tailored to your condition & needs. Take care & thanks for using CyberPT."

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