Is lower back pain from degenerative spondylolisthesis interfering with your day-to-day life? The following 2 strategies can help you minimize the pain so you can focus on your busy schedule:
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1. Spend more time sitting
Many people with degenerative spondylolisthesis find that sitting helps to alleviate their lower back pain. This is because the sitting position opens up the spinal canal. In contrast, the upright position contracts the canal, which in turn can lead to the pinching of nerve roots inside the canal.
So then, a basic strategy for minimizing your lower back pain from degenerative spondylolisthesis is to spend more time sitting. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
- Use a ride-sharing service. For a relatively cheap amount of money, you can use one of the available ride-sharing services (that are called via an app on your phone) instead of walking. Over time, this can add up to serious back pain relief.
- Buy your groceries online. Save yourself a trip to the store, and instead use one of the many online websites that deliver groceries right to your door.
- Bring a note from your doctor to work. Many jobs involve long periods of standing, but you may be able to secure special accommodations if you bring a note of explanation from your doctor to work.
2. Exercise in the water to relieve degenerative spondylolisthesis pain
One of the biggest challenges associated with lower back pain caused by degenerative spondylolisthesis is finding a way to exercise. One available option is water therapy, as the buoyancy of the water provides support; and you can workout in a flexed forward position (to help open your spinal canal).
As part of water therapy, you will typically want to include a stretching program to increase your flexibility. This will alleviate your pain and help you maintain your functionality.
If water therapy isn't for you, you can exercise using a stationary bike. Unlike walking or jogging, the use of an exercise bike will allow you to stay fit while sitting down.
Generally, lower back pain caused by degenerative spondylolisthesis can be manged without surgery. However, surgery may be called for if you experience progressive neurologic deterioration.