What is Spondylolisthesis?
When the spine displaces, and one vertebra falls off alignment from another, it is referred to as a condition called Spondylolisthesis. This will most often happen in the lower back region of the spine because it is the most susceptible to injuries and pain resulting from prolonged stress.
When facet joints age, they become weak and unresponsive, making flexibility harder, this is an early indication of a slip in the vertebrae. Physicians have indicated that over stressing the back is a leading of cause of spondylolisthesis. For example, athletes are noted to be a target for the condition because of the amount of stress they put onto their lower backs. This doesn’t mean though that spondylolisthesis is uncommon to others as well - with wear and tear onto the back from bending, stretching and even rotating the torso incorrectly. Many cases of spondylolisthesis are often registered at birth as well as from trauma and severe injury. Like almost all spine conditions, excess mistreatment of the body and its pressure to the back is the leading cause of most cases.
When spine conditions are effective in the lower back, it’s common to feel pain in both the thighs as well as the buttocks. A general stiffness in the muscles is also an important symptom of spondylolisthesis. Remember, this condition is a cause of a lack in flexibility. This means that if at any point you feel tightness in the lower back region, it might be because of spondylolisthesis. Depending on your overall heath, this condition also has the ability to affect your legs, feet and toes as well. The vertebra is a very controlling part of your spine, connected to and able to affect various parts of your body. Be cautious of any sort of pain you might be having.
Tampering with spinal conditions when they don’t require invasive treatment can cause many problems. The initial thing to do when and if diagnosed with spondylolisthesis is to modify your lifestyle. Changing your diet and implementing a small exercise regime can greatly help with pain and discomfort that sprouts from the condition. Some doctors will recommend a back brace to help with posture and alleviate the possibility of the vertebrae slippage worsening overtime. Spending time with chiropractors and physical therapists will also greatly reduce the pain caused by spondylolisthesis. In extremely rare cases, open back surgery can be done to aid the condition, but laser therapies are also available for a less invasive treatment.
Make sure you get an MRI, X-Ray or CT scan to better understand if you might have spondylolisthesis.
Spondylolisthesis does not have to get in the way of your everyday life. The doctors at West Medical are here to properly diagnose your condition. Your health and well-being is our number one priority. For more information on Spondylosthesis and treatment options, please call our offices at (855) 690-0565 and we will be happy to help you.
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