Lumbar spondylolisthesis is a condition where one of the five lumbar vertebrae of the low back slides slightly out of position. Common causes are injury, such as stress fractures to the lumbar vertebra, or arthritis. Slippage of the vertebrae can compress nearby nerve roots, causing radiating pain and some motor dysfunction. This condition often affects elderly patients, but is also seen in younger patients who play sports that place a lot of impact through the spine.
- Dull or sharp pain in lumbar region
- Weakness/Numbness in the legs
PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR
The goal of physical therapy treatment of lumbar spondylolisthesis is to take pressure of the lumbar vertebrae. Though this will not push the bone back in place, it can alleviate the symptoms. Physical therapy exercises will focus on strengthening the lumbar and core muscles. This will greatly improve posture and spinal alignment and take stress off the spinal nerves.