Conservative Treatment

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Most people with spondylolisthesis will find improvement in their back pain with conservative care. The foundation of a conservative program typically includes a short course in physical therapy leading to a daily home exercise program.


Developing a strong trunk (abdominal, oblique, and back muscles) is vital to removing stress and pain from the spine. Patients find that when they remember to do their back and abdominal exercises regularly, they have less back and buttock pain. The time commitment for exercises need not be longer than 10 minutes a day, in most cases.


Medications can play a role in pain control. Pain killers such as Percocet, Vicodin, and other narcotics are used sparingly except in times of new onset of severe pain. These narcotics are best used short term. They are very addictive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are the medications of choice. They can be helpful at controlling back and leg pain by reducing the inflammation from arthritic joints. Muscle relaxants are rarely helpful, with the possible exception in the case of an acute muscle strain.

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Phone: 480-962-0071 
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Sonoran Spine Offices:

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Total Body Physical Therapy:

1255 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Suite 105
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 602-443-6480

Sonoran Spine Research and
Education Foundation:

1255 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Suite 107,
Tempe, AZ 85281
Mesa Phone: (602) 443-4169
Phoenix Phone: (602) 443-1424
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