Spondylotisthesis is a condition of the spine whereby one of the vertebra slips forward or backward in relation to the next vertebra.  Forward slippage of an upper vertebra on a lower vertebra is referred to as Anterolisthesis,while backward slippage is referred to as Retrolisthesis.

Spondylotisthesis can lead to a deformity of the spine, as well as narrowing of the spinal canal (central spinal stenonis) or compression of the exiting nerve roots (foraminal stenosis).  Spondylotisthesis is most common in the low back (lumbar spine), but can also occur in the mid to upper back (thoracic spine) and neck (cervical spine)

Because Spondylotisthesis often develops with the natural degeneration of the spine over time, simple exercises and stretches can help lengthen and realign the spine, while simultaneously strengthening core muscles to hold the spine in alignment.  As the vertebra of the spine begin to move back into alignment, the body can begin the healing process for the spine.

At Brunswick Physical Therapy we can greatly improve this condition through core strengthening and stretching of the hip flexors that draw the spinal vertebra forward.  Manual techniques are sometimes necessary to treat muscle spasms as well.  If needed, you will learn how to correct your posture and incorporate ergonomic principles into your daily activities. We may also suggest a personalized home exercise program for you. This can help reduce the likelihood of your back pain recurring and can also improve your overall health.

~ Peter St.Germain, PT