Can spondylolisthesis be prevented?

Although spondylolisthesis might not be preventable, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of slips:

  • Keep your back and abdominal muscles strong to help support and stabilize the lower back.
  • Choose activities and sports that do not place your lower back at risk for injury. Swimming and biking are possible options.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight puts added stress on your lower back.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet to keep your bones well-nourished and strong.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/02/2014.

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