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Lower back pain can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. If you experience lower back pain that lasts for more than a few days, you should visit your doctor. Some causes of pain may disappear by themselves, but others need immediate treatment in order to prevent more serious complications. One common cause of spinal pain in the lumbar area is a condition called spondylolisthesis.
This condition occurs when one vertebra slips out of place, misaligning the spine. It typically happens in the lumbar—or lower—spine, although it can occur elsewhere. Spondylolisthesis can cause pain in the lower back and the upper legs. Although this condition can go unnoticed for several years, it should be treated as soon as it is discovered, as it can cause more serious problems if left untreated.
The two most common types of spondylolisthesis are isthmic and degenerative. Isthmic spondylolisthesis occurs in younger people, while degenerative spondylolisthesis is typically found in the elderly as a result of osteoporosis. There are three other very rare types of spondylolisthesis, as well. These may result from congenital defects, severe trauma, or metabolic bone diseases.
There are two typical treatment paths for back problems caused by spondylolisthesis. One of these is surgical and the other is non-surgical. Non-surgical treatment is usually attempted first, with surgical spinal fusion only used in more severe cases. In some cases, doctors don’t recommend any treatment if the slip is minor and there is no associated pain. Non-surgical treatment can include pain management with anti-inflammatory medications and rehabilitation. Non-surgical treatment is usually equally as successful as surgery for back pain in the long term, and it poses fewer risks for complications.
If you are experiencing lower back pain or sensitivity near the spine, see a spinal doctor right away to be checked for spondylolisthesis. At the Spine Institute of Nevada, our staff, led by Dr. Perry, uses the latest medical knowledge, technology, and treatments to offer solutions that can permanently relieve your back pain. Schedule an appointment today by calling (702) 239-3787.
For some people, chronic back pain is a debilitating long-term issue. While non-surgical techniques for spinal healing are typically tried first, your back or neck pain may eventually need to be treated with spinal surgery.
This video shows you what to expect during spinal fusion surgery. It explains the several conditions that this type of spinal surgery may treat and the steps involved in fusing vertebrae in the mid-back, lower back, or neck.
If you are experiencing chronic back pain, let the spinal specialists at the Spine Institute of Nevada help you feel better. Learn more about treating your back and neck pain today by calling (702) 239-3787.
Compression fractures of the spine are most commonly caused by osteoporosis, although they can also occur due to trauma or tumors of the spine. These fractures typically cause mild to severe back pain that may be debilitating. Preventing spinal fractures and the associated back pain can be done by strengthening the bones and the muscles that surround them. Undergoing osteoporosis treatments is also a good way to help prevent back pain and fractures.
There are several vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for bone strength. As you age, your bones lose a lot of these key nutrients, making them weaker. The top nutrient necessary for healthy bones is calcium. If your diet isn’t naturally rich in calcium, you can take daily calcium supplements. Vitamin D is also important for bone strength. You can get vitamin D by eating green and leafy vegetables, spending time in the sun, and, if necessary, taking vitamin supplements. Talk to your Nevada spine doctor about whether you should be taking calcium or vitamin D supplements.
The muscles surrounding your spine play a vital role in keeping your vertebrae strong and healthy. Back exercises can help strengthen this area and reduce back pain. Your spinal doctor can recommend an exercise program to follow each day. If you need more help strengthening your back and fighting spinal compression fractures, you may benefit from physical therapy.
There are several medications available that can help slow down or prevent osteoporosis. Since this condition is the leading cause of spinal compression fractures, these medications can also help with their prevention. When you see a Nevada spine doctor for back pain, talk about the various medications available and how they can help you prevent painful spinal fractures.
If you are at risk for spinal compression fractures, follow these tips to begin strengthening your spine and preventing back pain. For the latest in spinal diagnostics and treatment, come to the Spine Institute of Nevada. We offer our patients friendly, compassionate care paired with leading medical knowledge of spinal problems and injuries. Call (702) 239-3787 to schedule an appointment.
Many people take great enjoyment from sports, in part because sports are one excellent way to benefit from exercise. Sports do come with risks, however, and spinal injuries are among those risks. Spine complications can be major and life altering, so it is important to know which injuries are most likely to occur during sports related activities so that you can better protect yourself against them.
Cervical spinal injuries can be some of the most devastating. Your cervical spine is the upper portion of your spine. Injuries that occur here could lead to everything from numbness and loss of strength to total paralysis. Cervical spinal injuries are most common in contact sports such as football, but do also occur in other sports like skiing and bodybuilding.
The degree of a cervical spinal injury will, in large part, determine the outcome of recovery. Sprains and strains may have favorable outcomes while fractures and disc dislocations can be challenging to overcome.
The lumbar spine is the lowermost portion of your spine. Injuries here usually are a result of excessive straining such as that of a bodybuilder attempting to lift large amounts of weight. Pivoting movements like that involved in kayaking can also put the lumbar spine at risk of injury. While lumbar injuries are not as common as cervical injuries in sports, they do still occur frequently.
Thoracic spinal injuries, or those that occur to the middle portion of the spine, are not very common in sports but they can happen. Contact sports can cause fractures of the thoracic spine and dislocations of its discs. The ribcage makes the thoracic spine more stable, but do not assume this stability makes it invincible. Always take care to protect all portions of your back at all times, especially when engaging in sports activities.
If you are experiencing back pain or have a sports injury that is troubling you, then contact us here at the Spine Institute of Nevada. We’ll be happy to take a look at what’s going on and get you on the road to feeling better. Call us today at (702) 239-3787.
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