Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebra slips either forward or backward on an adjacent vertebra. There are three types of spondylolisthesis:congenital spondylolisthesis (means your were born with it), isthmic spondylolisthesis (overuse-think football lineman and gymnasts), and degenerative spondylolisthesis (by far the most common type).

The most common symptom is generalized lower back pain. Weak low back muscles and tight hamstrings creating the inability to bend are symptoms, along with pain, tingling, and weakness in the legs.

The last time I checked, Father Time was undefeated, however, this does not mean that we are fated to succumb to the effects of this condition just because we are getting older. There are some very simple things we can do to prevent spondylo and some of the very same things can be done if lower back pain does present itself. First, practice good posture. This will keep your spine in proper alignment. The second idea is to strength train. The benefits of proper strength training are myriad. When done on a consistent basis, strength training will improve muscle strength, which helps support all of the joints. Stronger muscles also promote stronger bones and let’s not forget that flexibility is enhanced. Reread the symptoms. All of those are directly opposite of what strength training does for the back and body. Just another reason to keep strength training!


Update 2/28/18:  With addition of the MedX Medical Lumbar Extension, along with the other four MedX Medical Machines, we can measure the strength of the muscles of the low back and directly strengthen them to help relieve or eliminate the symptoms of Spondylolisthesis.


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