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Swiming and Spondylolisthesis

darwinddarwin Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Exercise and Rehab
I am diagnosed with spondylolisthesis grade II 36%. L5-S1. I do not suffer much pain, only stifness in calfs and feet that allow me to develope normal life. My surgeon said that I can practice any sports that do not give pain to me. I am swiming 6 days a week and abds exercises. My concern is that the stiffness didn t dissapear, after swiming I feel better for an hour, and after that the stiffness start againd. Should I stop swiming? I swing 1750 meters 68 turns in a 25 meteres pool. Does the swiming turns, bend knees and hips, and 180turn over the water, hurt my back?


  • i have always been a keen swimmer too .but since my ALIF 4 months ago every time i swim it aggravates my back .if i were you i would ease up a bit !
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Swimming seems to help my back but if I swim for too long and do too many flip turns I begin to feel it. Open turns may be easier but I think you are doing them (??). Do you swim a variety of strokes?? That could help. We are all different tho and if something hurts when you do it it can't be that good for you.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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