Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Spondylolisthesis Home Care

Home care for spinal subluxation includes:

Spondylolisthesis Back Exercises

Exercises that may be helpful for low back pain due to spinal subluxation include:

  • Abdominal crunch:
    • Lie flat on your back with your knees drawn up to 90 degrees and your feet planted on the floor.
    • Place your hands behind your head and begin by slowly raising your shoulders 1" off the floor.
    • Then return to the resting position.
    • Focus on flexing the abdominal muscles when you raise your head and shoulders.
    • Do not use your arms to lift your head and bend your neck.
    • You must use your stomach (abdominal) muscles to perform the exercise.
  • Shoulder shrugs:
    • Rotate shoulders upward and backward.
  • Lower neck and upper back stretch:
    • Stand up; place your hands together in front of you.
    • Bend your neck and upper back forward.
    • Reach your hands toward the floor.
  • Seated low-back stretch:
    • Sit on a chair with both feet planted squarely on the floor.
    • Bend down and place your head between your knees.
    • Touch your fingertips on the floor between your feet.

Spondylolisthesis Pain Control

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with spinal subluxation include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Spondylolisthesis Warning Signs

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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