Physical Therapy

The physical therapists at the OHSU Spine Center have specialized training in prescribing the right exercises for spinal conditions. Your therapist tracks your progress with information designed to measure spine health. When you are confident that you can exercise on your own, we help you start exercising independently.

Exercise and training for spondylolisthesis may include:

  • Exercises to stabilize your lower back and abdominal muscles
  • Training you to exercise in ways that don't make your condition worse
  • Hip flexibility exercises
  • Hip strengthening exercises
  • Posture correction and training
  • Training in lifting correctly
  • Training in doing daily activities with less pain  

If you are involved in sports, your physical therapist can help you strengthen the abdominal and spine muscles so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. Our athletic trainers can help with sport-specific strengthening and agility drills.

As your tolerance for exercise goes up, you will probably notice improvement in your ability to do daily activities such as walking, grocery shopping or yard work.