Is there really any such thing as a spondylolisthesis home remedy? There are certainly products and treatments that claim to relieve spondylolisthesis pain at home, but do any of these actually work? Just as importantly, are these products and treatments safe?
The healthcare product and service sector is chock full of scams that are marketed to desperate patients who are in pain and need help. Some patients do not have the financial means to afford proper medical care, while others tend to avoid going to doctors for various reasons. Regardless, no one should be scammed out of their money by some product or treatment that will not be effective and might actually make matters much worse.
This essay explores the home treatment sector for spondylolisthesis patients. We will provide consumer advocacy warnings and guidance to help patients make better informed choices when it comes to their therapy options.
Spondylolisthesis Home Remedy Truths
There are few, if any products or treatments that are specifically designed for use exclusively by listhesis patients. However, there are thousands of scam products and services that are marketed to chronic back pain, neck pain and sciatica pain sufferers and many of these claim that symptoms caused by spondylolisthesis (and virtually any other source) can be reduced or even cured at home. We can tell you right from the start that these claims are outright lies in virtually all cases…
Products sold for home use are virtually always classified as health and beauty aids, rather than regulated medical devices. This classification gives the manufacturers wide berth in terms of the marketing language and claims they can legally use. Conveniently, these companies will do anything to sell their crap scam products and services, so they will take every liberty afforded to them to separate patients from their money.
Remember that spondylolisthesis is a diagnosis wherein one or more bones in the spine move out of proper alignment front to back. Symptoms can be produced by mechanical dysfunction of the spinal column, as well as by neurological compression of spinal nerve roots and/or the spinal cord. Virtually no home treatment will change these facts nor influence them in any way. This is an important truth to remember before proceeding…
Spondylolisthesis Home Treatment Products
Ok, so let’s get right into some of the most common products marketed to gullible chronic pain patients, including many who are suffering with spondylolisthesis:
Herbal and natural cures might come in pill form or topical application form (cream, balm, salve). None of these products will do anything at all to cure spondylolisthesis, although some quality products might provide some small degree of relaxation and pain relief. Most (virtually all) of these products are complete scams, especially if they make bold claims about dramatic cures or pain-relieving benefits.
The easiest way to describe the next category of home treatment products for listhesis is simply “plastic junk”. These devices might claim to use traction or some type of mechanism or process to “realign” the spine and reduce pain. ALL of these devices are scams and their creators should be in prison. None of these devices will realign a spine that is suffering from vertebral listhesis. None.
Inversion tables will not usually make claims about curing any disorder, but might claim to relieve general back pain. These claims might actually be true in some cases, including in spondylolisthesis patients who are suffering from nerve compression due to foraminal misalignments. Inversion might temporarily help to increase the patency of these foraminal openings and relieve pinched nerve symptoms. Then again, it might not. For all other causes of spondylolisthesis symptoms, inversion will not be of much help, including central spinal canal misalignments and mechanical dysfunction. Furthermore, listhesis should contraindicate a person from even considering using inversion, since it could be very dangerous and may cause grievous spinal trauma.
Back braces are often sold to people with spondylolisthesis and are one of the biggest scams going. None of these devices will provide ANY benefits at all towards pain relief, spinal stability or a cure. We have been speaking out against the many scam back braces for many years, but people still buy them and make these criminal thieves even richer than they already are. Thanks to the almost unbelievable stupidity of many consumers, these soulless people will continue to make scam products for a very long time, since it is so incredibly profitable!
Authentic Spondylolisthesis Home Remedy Options
There are some treatments that can work very well to reduce listhesis pain and possibly even help to stabilize the spine. Let’s look at the only real viable spondylolisthesis home remedy options:
Exercises which are prescribed by a qualified doctor or physical therapist can help some patients to support the compromised area of the spine and reduce symptoms. There are also many exercise activities that are complementary to traditional PT, including yoga, pilates and tai chi.
Legitimate topical pain relief medications might provide some small degree of pain management for some symptoms. Do not expect too much and you will not be disappointed.
The most effective home remedy is certainly knowledge therapy. This treatment will do nothing at all to change the spine, but is proven to relieve symptoms in many chronic pain sufferers, regardless. In the case of listhesis patients, pain that has mistakenly been blamed on the incidental spinal abnormality can literally disappear. Remember that many patients with coincidental spondylolisthesis have had the condition unfairly blamed for their back pain when the cause is actually ischemia. This is a common diagnostic blunder. Patients who are actually suffering from structural issues truly caused by listhesis will have far less benefit and will certainly not enjoy a cure. Since misdiagnosis is so common in grade 1 and 2 classifications, it is certainly worth a try and gets our endorsement as the very best home remedy option.