Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums Back Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

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    • #71828
      AvatarRobert Quinn

      I was just told I had an grade 1 anterior lumbar spondylolisthesis of L5. Chiro says no back squats, no overhead, no snatching. Is this conservative or … do I really have to stop squatting ???

    • #77045
      AvatarPatrick Thomas

      Is the limitation placed on squats, overhead, and snatching while your body is healing?
      Or a limitation on movements all the time?

      Did the doctor go through what the next steps are for you?
      If you are not confident with the information you received perhaps getting a second opinion will help with the situation.

    • #77046
      AvatarRobert Quinn

      Limitations seemed to be a permanent variety.

      I don’t have any pain or issues, only spotted it on x rays. I only went for a check up. We are just doing minor spinal adjustments and strengthening of muscles to limit risk of further damage.

    • #77049
      AvatarPatrick Thomas

      This is a common cause of low back pain.
      Many people may not be aware they have this going on.

      Are you looking at movement patterns where your back may be over extended?
      Squat mechanics? Where are you looking when you squat?
      Correcting movement patterns can improve this situation. It is low grade now, however, without attention it can progress. You don’t have pain yet, however, pain is a lagging indicator.

      Are you engaging your midline when squatting?
      When the back is over extended the deep anterior stabilizers of the spine are weakened.
      Strength in this area will help you gain control in the anterior spine.

      I’d take a look at Back to the Barbell to be proactive with this situation.

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