Grade 3 and grade 4 patients should avoid contact sports or sports
involving high speed and changes of direction.
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spondylolisthesis from sports, stay away from hyperextension activities.
patients with spondylolisthesis should avoid activities that might
cause more stress to the lumbar spine, such as heavy lifting and sports
activities like gymnastics, football, competitive swimming, and diving.
you may want to avoid sitting for long periods of time, wear a support
brace if recommended, take nutritional supplements that help rebuild
disc cartilage, do exercises that strengthen your spine, sleep on
a supportive mattress, sit in an ergonomically designed chair, and
modify your daily activities as needed.
that involve repetitive hyperextension and axial loading of the lumbar
spine may result in repetitive microtrauma to the pars interarticularis,
resulting in spondylolysis and sometimes spondylolisthesis.
of such activities include gymnastics, football (lineman), wrestling,
weight lifting (particularly standing overhead presses), rowing, pole
vaulting, diving, hurdling, swimming (especially the butterfly stroke),
baseball (especially pitching), tennis (especially serving), sailing
(particularly the hiking maneuver), and volleyball.
and football are generally considered the highest risk sports.
are several exercises and stretches generally recommended for people
with spondylolisthesis .
exercises focus on strengthening your core muscles because if those
muscle groups are strong, they can better support your spine.
exercises strengthen your core muscles, including abs, back and pelvis.
core muscles make it easier to do most physical activities.
do core exercises on a carpeted floor or mat. Breathe freely and deeply
during each exercise. Focus on tightening your deepest abdominal muscle
- the transversus abdominis - during each exercise. This is the muscle
you feel contracting when you cough.
core exercises five times. Gradually build up to 10 to 15 repetitions
as your strength improves