5 Professional Tips to Prevent Spondylolysis

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5 Professional Tips to Prevent Spondylolysis Photo by Shantanu Sharma

The spine is made up of a series of connected bones called "vertebrae." In some adult, there is a developmental crack in one of the vertebrae, usually at the point at which the lower lumbar part of the spine joins the tailbone also known as sacrum. It may develop as a stress fracture. Because of the constant forces the low back experiences, this fracture does not usually heal as normal bone. This type of fracture is called a spondylolysis. Spondylopathy is simply a crack in part of the vertebra and may cause no problem at all but it may cause a lot of pain and will require extensive Spondylosis treatment to cure it. Here we give you tips to how to prevent Spondylolysis:

1. Keeping the abdominal and back muscles strong

Your muscles in the back and the abdomen are the counterweights to each other, and in this way, your bones in your back is maintained. When you do any actions, like bending over or even picking an item, you will use either your back muscles or the abdominal muscles to do the job. If they are weak, the will not be able to take the pressure of the job you are doing, and in the process a stress fracture occurs causing Spondylosis. This is when you will have to seek out Spondylosis treatment to heal the injured bones. Therefore to avoid this problem in the first place, ensure that your back and abdominal muscles are strong enough to support your back bone.

2. Exercise

Your muscles connect the bones in all the parts of body, and are designed to flex and bend as far as they can go. With the correct exercise routine, you can build and train your muscles to do the necessary movements that will not stress it out and lead to Spondylopathy. Ensure that you do the correct exercises without pushing your body over its limits. Exercise at least an hour a day to keep the muscles in the back and abdominal strong. By doing this you can prevent the future need for spondylosis treatment.

3. Limit participation in certain sports

By doing back exercises and by avoiding forced back extension activities, such as might occur during blocking in football, or back bends in gymnastics, most people do not get Spondylolysis. Always ensure you warm up properly before any sports events, so that your muscles will not be strained in any manner.

4. Visit the doctor when you get the symptoms

If you are suffering from any symptoms of Spondylolysis, you must visit the doctor immediately. This is to ensure that your symptoms do not become worse, where you will end up suffering from Spondylosis. Do not consume painkillers to overcome the pain as this is a temporary solution and does not solve the problem of Spondylopathy.

5. Diet

Always have a good and healthy diet with lots of calcium, iron and magnesium. These help in maintaining the bones of the body and prevent Spondylopathy from occurring in the near future.

Author's Profile

Dr. Shantanu is a Postgraduate in Sports Physiotherapy and Fellow in Sports Sciences with a total experience of 3 years in treating and managing Sports Injuries and rehabilitation and Spine care for conditions like spondylopathy and has an hands on experience over spondylosis treatment.


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