Video Series: Exercises for Spondylolisthesis

Learn 3 Back Stretches and Exercises

Spondylolisthesis is more prevalent in people who already exercise and exercise hard: weight lifters, gymnasts, football players. The strain that some sports put on the body can severely affect the spine and perhaps lead to spondylolisthesis. However, having a vertebra that’s slipped forward over another vertebra doesn’t eliminate you from exercise in general. No, that spinal instability means that at an appropriate time and under medical guidance, you should exercise to strengthen and stabilize your spine.

There are several exercises and stretches generally recommended for people with spondylolisthesis (and you can get spondylolisthesis even if you aren’t a weight lifter or a gymnast or a linebacker). These exercises focus on strengthening your core muscles because if those muscle groups are strong, they can better support your spine.

To help you, SpineUniverse has put together exercise videos showing what exercises to do for spondylolisthesis.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • These videos are general guidelines. You should not do any of the stretches or exercises shown unless directed by your spine professional.
  • As mentioned above, people with spondylolisthesis are predominantly athletes in strenuous sports. You probably won’t be doing any tumbling passes or catching any passes for awhile, and that may be a difficult adjustment. You will most likely need to modify your exercise plan because of your pain. Your physician, physical therapist, or other spine professional will help you adjust your expectations within the context of your symptoms from spondylolisthesis.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard while doing the exercises; you don’t want to injure yourself more. If you experience any pain or other symptoms (weakness, tingling, numbness, etc), please contact your spine professional immediately.