I have spondylolisthesis ( in the 4th & 5th discs). I am being treated by a chiropractor who also gives me exercises to do. After an adjustment, I do feel much better. i also go for deep tissue massage which I find is beneficial. However, I really find that stairs really present a problem. I navigate the many stairs in my house but with much pain. I used to love to exercise and dance. When I am free of pain, I love to walk. I want to know if the stairs are beneficial or detrimental to this condition? Thank you.
How wonderful that you are trying to stay as active as possible despite living with low back pain. With a spondylolithesis, your back is experiencing segmental instability meaning that there is too much movement and not enough stability at the L4-L5 segment. Because of the laxity, Your bones don't line up perfectly because one has slipped out of place compared to the other. This instability leads to pain and degeneration.
Many people with low back, especially those with a sponylolithesis, have trouble with stairs. The reason why stairs are more difficult is because you have to stand on one leg for a longer period of time while the other leg swings through and lands on the next step. Standing on one leg is the basic building block to walking and climbing stairs. Without the ability to hold perfect balance while standing on one leg, the stress is felt at the segment that is the weakest and least stable. For you, that is L4-L5.
By improving your ability to stand on one leg, stairs will become easier. Go back to basics and buff up your butt.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
Thank you so much for your detailed answer. I will def check out the suggestion. I appreciate it.