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What Is Spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis is the forward slippage of one vertebra over the other. It is most common in the lower back at L4-L5 and L5-S1. In the neck, it commonly impacts the C5-C6 OR the C6-C7.
Spondylolisthesis can be congenital or developmental. Hereditary forms of spondylolisthesis are typically inherited from one of the parents. The developmental type of spondylolisthesis results from an injury or degenerative arthritis (wear and tear arthritis) of spinal joints (facets).
The developmental forms of spondylolisthesis are more common at L4-L5 and L5-S1. The developmental type of L4-L5 and L5-S1 spondylolisthesis is often the result of the slip and falls or premature wear and tear of the spine joint known as degenerative arthritis.
Degenerative arthritis causes of spondylolisthesis for L5-S1 and L4-S1 are most common in the elderly. The slip and falls forms of spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 or L4-L5 often result in fractures of the parsinterarticularis (the articulating parts of spinal bones near the joints); they are more complicated. The degenerative forms caused by advanced arthritis of spinal joints are more of slippage or listhesis, often classified as Anterolistheisis of L4-L5 or L5-S1.
What Should You Do If You Have Spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis is manageable and treatable without surgery. Spine surgery should be the last option. Visit an NSD Therapy® center if your doctor recommends spine surgery.
Surgical interventions are through spine fusion. The long-term outlook for spinal fusion is not as favorable. A published study focusing on the long-term effects of spine fusion on 1,426 patients in the United States revealed that 76% needed strong pain medication to cope with daily aches and pain.
It would help if you found clinicians (doctors) familiar with spondylolisthesis classifications and types. Also, it would help if the doctor could identify the cause. The type and cause of spondylolisthesis will impact your recovery and treatment plan. Your doctor must thoroughly study clinical observations, diagnostic imaging, and presenting features to rule out a developmental form from the congenital spondylolisthesis.
NSD Therapy® center's doctors of chiropractic have the necessary skills, knowledge, and training to help diagnose and customize your NSD Therapy® session.
Stabel v.s. Unstable Spine Instabilities: A Misdiagnosed Condition
Spondylolisthesis requires advanced clinical evaluative methods to rule out instabilities. Most clinicians and therapy centers fail to classify stability. Often they initiate care without adequately evaluating their patient’s condition. In most cases, these patients may increase in pain. If you are a spondylolisthesis patient who has increased symptoms, you may want to visit an NSD Therapy® treatment center near you for a thorough assessment. A thorough assessment is the first step to rule out spinal instabilities of your spine. If instabilities are detected, they need urgent attention.
Your NSD Therapy® treatment center can advise you on follow-up care and treatment, even if you have an unstable condition. Treatments for the unstable forms can be given by customizing your therapy session. NSD Therapy® is a great option for those that have either painful or unstable forms. It is a non-surgical means of treatment that incorporates Chiropractic, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and treatments on Advanced Medical Technology. So, let our clinical teams of research-based chiropractors and physiotherapists evaluate and treat you today. We can help your spondylolisthesis and prevent spine surgery; contact us now!