I have been told that swimming should be avoided with this condition but I would welcome having that sort of non weight bearing exercise.
Any advice please
I was advised by an orthopaedic consultant that we should only swim on our backs.
Thanks, that is what i have been told. i am a reasonable swimmer but spending the whole time doing back stroke rather takes the enjoyment away
Yes I can understand that as a good swimmer it can be boring on your back all the time (my 86-year-old aunt swims regularly each day and always alternates back and front). I'm not a good swimmer - lucky if I can get across the width -but with spondylolisthesis the consultant told me it's important to try and flatten the spine rather than encourage the hollow which most people with either normal spines or with some other spinal problems seem to find more helpful.
My slippage is at lumber 4/5. It can stabilise for quite a while but when it goes it goes! Something simple like going over an an ankle can easily upset the sciatic nerve leaving me with leg pain for months on end. Some beds/chairs are a no-no for me but when I do have a bad episode I find if I don a support girdle for a few days it can sort it out Years ago the consultant did arrange for a made-to-measure orthopaedic boned support to be fitted but with the passage of time and long term steroid medication, it no longer fits.
I do sympathise and hope you can continue with your swimming.
Have you tried epidural type pain relief?
Mollysox - No I haven't. Orthopaedic cons. referred me to a physio for spinal muscle strengthening exercises to strengthen the muscles around the slippage thereby supporting the spine. They can help.
Thanks for you help Mrs O. I was doing exercises for some time but battling with lifelong depression I stopped . I have been trying to get into pilates classes but they are like gold dust.
Mine is 4/5 and have sciatic pain one side or the other and agree that a simple "bad move" makes me feel that my top half is not aligned with the bottom half. Just going for a short walk (used to walk hours on end) causes pain
Best wishes and take care
I joined a Tai Chi class soon as PMR pain permitted and have found it excellent for its stretching, balancing, breathing and relaxation techniques. It's such a shame that you have pain even on a short walk as walking is good for the spine and for lifting our mood. As for that feeling of the "top half not being aligned with the bottom half" - perfect description! At its worst, I'd even describe it as feeling as if the top half is going to drop off the bottom half - that's when the support girdle comes into its own. I wish you better days and soon.
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