Back Pain

Exercise for Sciatica from Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Sciatica is caused due to three main reasons. They are piriformis syndrome, herniated disc, isthmic Spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis.

Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

is the condition which is caused due to the instability of vertebrae, when one vertebrae slip over another. This happens usually at the fifth and sixth vertebrae. This happens mostly due to some genetic defect. But there are some other causes which are also responsible for this condition.

Like the fracture in a small bone present in between the vertebrae. The fractures are caused because the bone is extremely thin. So they break off easily which could even result in some serious issue. This condition is very commonly found in athletes as they are at a higher risk. The symptoms of this condition include:

  • Nervous breakdown which results in sciatica
  • Intense pain will be there when you will exercise. The pain will start in the thighs and later move down, and in the rear portion.
  • Huge amount of muscle spasms will be felt and severe pain will be there in the legs.
  • Tightening in the hamstrings and irregular walking style will also be noticed.

Sciatica Exercises for Isthmic Spondylolisthesis:

There are three major exercises which can be performed for treating the condition of Isthmic Spondylolisthesis. They are:


This exercise helps in strengthening up of the abdominal muscles and also helps in maintaining a proper position of the lower stomach muscles. In order to carry out this exercise:

  • Lie on your back and bend your knees and arms folded transversely around the chest.
  • Now tilt the pelvis and flatten your back by pulling the navel or the belly button up and inwards.
  • Now try to curl up by lifting both the shoulders and head from the floor.
  • Avoid lifting too high and try to bring both the head and the chest close to the ceiling.
  • In case you are suffering from neck pain you can place your hands under the head to support it while carrying out the process.
  • Try to remain in the same position for a few seconds and then return back to the same position slowly.
  • As you develop strength you can perform 2 sets of 10 curls each.

Pelvic Tilt:

This is the most common exercise for Ischemic Spondylolisthesis as it holds the lower spine in a flexed position. In order to carry out this exercise the following steps must be carried out:

  • Lie down on your back and bend your knees.
  • Flatten your back by tightening the muscles of the lower stomach and pull your navel up and in wards.
  • Try to remain in the same position for a few seconds and leave to relax.
  • Try to carry out 10 pelvic tilts as they will strengthen the muscles of the lower stomach.

Hook-lying march:

This exercise is also performed for stabilization. Two exercises hook-lying march and hook-lying combination are performed simultaneously for better results. The purpose of the march is to march for nearly 30 seconds and 2-3 repetitions of this must be carried out. Also ensure that you take a break of 30 seconds in between the repetitions.

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