Hypertrophy Of Ligamentum Flavum & Slipped Disc Treatment

NSD Therapy® is the treatment of choice for patients suffering from hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum. This article concentrates on causes and associated factors that lead to the thickening of ligamentum flavum and the best treatment options without surgery.

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    The Best Treatment for Hypertrophy of Ligamentum Flavum

    Hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum is a common finding in patients with a herniated disc, protruded disc, prolapsed disc, or extruded Disc (Slipped Disc or Slip Disc). Injury, poor posture, and longstanding spine conditions are the leading cause of hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum. Hypertrophy of ligament flavum occurs when the micro or macro traumatic events cause thickening of this ligament. It can take years before repetitive trauma or minor injuries manifest as hypertrophy.

    The most common cause of hypertrophy (thickening) is neglect or ineffective treatments. The world’s best curative slip-disc treatment option is NSD Therapy®. It fixes damage to spinal disc issues that other methods cannot. It can retract and repair even a severe slip-disc, and by doing so, helps to initiate the body’s curative processes. Let us help you today.

    Thickening of ligamentum flavum (hypertrophy) can lead to varying symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, pain radiating down to the arms or legs, numbness, and tingling, inability to stand, walk or lift arms, and even paralysis. ligamentum flavum is an elastic ligament.

    Unlike the other ligaments, the ligamentum flavum has a contractile ability. This contractile ability prevents excessive joint motion and protects joints from injury. Repetitive traumatic activities can injure this ligament. Scar tissue and adhesions form when injuries to this ligament go untreated. As a result, ligamentum flavum thickens, compressing the spinal cord. The medical term for this thickening is hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum. 

    How Important Is Thickened Ligamentum Flavum & Why Should Your Therapy Center Pay Attention To It?

    In the adult spine, there are 25 moveable bones. The first vertebra is in the neck (C1), directly beneath the base of the skull. The last segment is the sacrum (tailbone) just below the waist. Spinal ligaments interconnect these 24 spinal segments. The two most important ligaments of the spine are:

    1. Spinal Discs
    2. Ligamentum Flavum

    Spinal discs damage and disorders of ligamentum flavum are the known leading causes of disability and paralysis in chronic neck or back pain patients.

    Ligamentum flavum is a highly specialized spinal ligament. The clinical significance of ligamentum flavum is well known. But, yet most surgical and non-surgical centers fail to provide their patient with effective, targeted treatments promptly. A neglected or poorly treated injury of ligamentum flavum always leads to thickening, better known as hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum.

    The ligamentum flavum attaches to the lamina of every spinal segment, starting with the second vertebrae down to the tailbone (C2 -S1).  The “lamina” is the bony portion of the vertebrae that forms the back wall of the spinal canal. ligamentum flavum connects the vertebrae by firmly attaching to the front of each spinal segment (vertebrae). Its function is to connect spinal segments and extend or straighten the spine following flexion or bending activities.

    Neck and back pain patients with a thickened or hypertrophied ligamentum flavum need unique treatments that target all known causes of back pain, including the ligamentum flavum. Therapy methods and remedies for neck and back pain patients that fail to address ligamentum flavum issues have limited successes at best.

    Damaged Ligaments of Spine Can Complicate Recovery

    Damage or injury of ligamentum flavum is a significant concern as it can lead to spinal disc issues of varying degrees and eventually cause morbidity and disability. A sprained or a strained back is how most ligamentum fLavum injuries are classified. Even the mildest sprain/strain can become critical, but some clinicians tend to dismiss a sprain/strain of ligamentum flavum.  

    Neglect or dismissal of a “pulled back muscle” can be significant when it involves the ligamentum flavum. For one thing, an injured ligamentum flavum will heal either through scar tissue or adhesions: leading to hypertrophy or thickening.

    Ligamentum Hypertrophy Results from A Minor Injury

    Ligamentum flavum is perhaps the most clinically significant soft tissue in the spine. Below is just a reason that highlights its’ clinical significance:

    1. It provides a smooth protective barrier for the posterior Dural sac (Spinal Cord)
    2. It affects the intrinsic stability of the spine at each segment
    3. Controls spinal motion (movements)

    Hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum can take years to manifest, and early treatments of minor injuries can help avoid hypertrophy later. Aside from prevention, the means of care is to treat even the most straightforward and most minor spinal injury by getting holistic spine care from clinical teams with skills and knowledge.

    The best way forward is through physiotherapeutic treatments such as therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, specific stretching, targeted exercises, nutritional supplements, and chiropractic care. Ligamentum flavum can result in significant hypertrophy as one gets older. To conclude this section, the simplest pulled back muscles should get proper care from a clinical team acutely aware of spinal disorders. We encourage all our patients and visitors to avoid clinically challenged doctors or therapists.

    Diagnosing Damaged Spinal Ligaments

    The only means of identifying the thickening of ligamentum flavum (hypertrophy) is through an MRI examination, and MRI evaluation of ligamentum flavum is the only measurable means of evaluation. The average thickness of ligamentum flavum is about 2.5-3.4mm in a healthy adult’s spine. A thickness of 3.5mm or above is considered hypertrophy (swollen). The thicker the ligament, the more serious the condition. Excessive thickening leads to canal stenosis and eventual loss of function. Disability and even paralysis are not uncommon in unattended or neglected thickening of ligamentum flavum. 

    NSD Therapy® Help Patients Diagnosed With Ligamentum Flavum Damage

    A clinical team of chiropractors and physical therapists will thoroughly assess your spine. Your assessment includes a physical examination, range of motions assessments, orthopedic and neurological tests. Also, they may refer you for an MRI. MRI assessment of the spine is the best and most accurate means of assessing slipped discs and hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum.  If a thickening of ligamentum flavum is detected, your NSD Therapy® sessions will be customized to address the issues regarding the thickening of ligamentum flavum.

    NSD Therapy®: An Integrative Method Of Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Through Technology

    Difficult spine conditions such as slipped discs and ligamentum flavum thickening require an advanced methodology that targets root causes for lasting relief. What makes NSD Therapy® better than other forms of therapy is its holistic methods that combine multiple disciplines of spine care through technology. In essence, you get the best chiropractic treatment combined with clinical physiotherapy. 

    It is not just the technology that separates an NSD Therapy® center; it is the people behind the technology and the technology in front of our people.

    Chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective methods of non-invasive spine care. However, patients with slipped discs and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy need specialized forms of physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment. The chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment for spinal disc and spinal ligament damage must be through non-rotatory methods. Rotatory or twisting ways of care will damage the already weakened and damaged tissues.

    If you have been diagnosed with hypertrophy of ligamentum Flavum, you also have a slipped disc (slip disc or herniated disc) and osteoarthritis. Consider NSD Therapy® as your first option. It just might save your back. NSD Therapy® combines chiropractic, physical therapy, and specialized treatments via advanced technology.

    Is NSD Therapy® Expensive For Slipped Disc & Thickening Of Ligamentun FLavum?

    The cost of being treated through NSD Therapy® is not higher than the average costs incurred during a typical chiropractic or physiotherapy treatment. Why settle for less when you can have the best non-surgical spine treatment option. Learn about posterior facet syndrome, another common type of spine disorder.