Spondylolisthesis (Stress Fractures)

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Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition defined by the displacement of one vertebra over the vertebra below it. The spine is composed of a series of inter-connected bones called vertebrae, which provide stability, support, and protect the spinal cord. Spondylolisthesis most commonly occurs in the lower back, specifically in the lumbar region, and can range from mild to severe. It can lead to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility, affecting an individual’s quality of life.

Spondylolisthesis Q&A

How Does Spondylolisthesis Happen?

Spondylolisthesis can develop due to various factors. The two primary types of spondylolisthesis are:

  • Congenital Spondylolisthesis: This occurs when a person is born with a structural defect or abnormality in their spine, such as incomplete formation of the vertebrae, making them more susceptible to slippage.
  • Acquired Spondylolisthesis: This type of spondylolisthesis develops later in life and can be caused by factors such as repetitive stress injuries, degenerative changes in the spine, trauma, or excessive strain on the lower back.

    How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

    Here are some ways chiropractic care can help individuals with spondylolisthesis:

    • Spinal Adjustments: Chiropractors use gentle and targeted spinal adjustments to correct misalignments and improve the alignment of the vertebrae. By reducing nerve interference and restoring proper spinal function, chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate pain, increase mobility, and enhance overall spinal health.
    • Therapeutic Exercises: Chiropractors may prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the spine, improve flexibility, and promote postural stability. These exercises can help stabilize the affected area, reduce the risk of further slippage, and aid in the recovery process.
    • Lifestyle Recommendations: Chiropractors provide guidance on ergonomic modifications, posture correction techniques, and lifestyle changes that can support the healing process and minimize the risk of future complications. This comprehensive approach helps patients actively participate in their own recovery and prevent reoccurrences.

      Will chiropractic adjustments cure spondylolisthesis?

      Chiropractic care cannot cure spondylolisthesis, but it can help manage the condition and provide relief from pain and discomfort. At Regenesys Physical Medicine we aim to restore proper spinal function, reduce nerve interference, and improve overall spinal health, which can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.

      How long will it take to see results from chiropractic treatment?

      The duration of treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition, the patient’s overall health, and their commitment to following our recommendations. Some patients experience relief after just a few sessions, while others may require more extended care for sustained improvement.

      From the moment I walked in the door, I knew I had come to the right place for my lower back pain. Dr. Wilson and his entire professional staff are amazing and genuinely care for their patients. I have never been to a medical provider where you were treated with such respect and care. Every aspect of treatment was explained thoroughly and every visit over my eight week therapy was amazing. I personally want to thank the entire staff: Dr. Wilson, Kelly, Hope, Mike, Barbie, Amber and Chrissy for everything you did to make my Rehab Successful!!! You are all truly amazing. Thanks Again!!!

      Jeff E.

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