- a female ?
- over age 45 ?
- with low back pain ?
- with leg pain that extends into your buttock, thigh, or even into the calf with occasional numbness or pain into the foot ?
Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a common cause of the above-described problem. What is degenerative spondylolisthesis? It is a condition whereby a vertebra in the low back (lumbar spine) slips forward on the vertebra below. The reason the vertebra slip occurs is that the disc between the vertebrae becomes unstable due to long-standing strain from previous injury or simply due to usual degenerative change in the disc. Don't be alarmed if your degenerative spondylolisthesis is caused by disc degeneration. It is a condition that all of us humans will develop as we age.
In West Des Moines we all care about our aging family members and recognize the signs of aging which are more dramatic in some versus others. Well, degenerative disc disease
is a part of the aging process. Just as some of us may have more wrinkles or loss more hair or lose more height than our age-similar friends, some of us may have more disc degeneration than others making us more susceptible to degenerative spondylolisthesis.
In degenerative spondylolisthesis there is usually some arthritis
of the facet joints, the joints between the vertebral bones where motion of the spine takes place. As a vertebra slips forward (white arrow), the disc causes pain because the disc
is pain sensitive. The spinal nerve at the spinal level of the slip is also compressed or irritated to cause radiating pain into the buttock whih is often very uncomfortable. It may feel like a toothache or be even more of a boring yet very irritating feeling.
Cox Technic Helps Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
In West Des Moines Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers chiropractic Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression
spinal manipulation for alleviating pain due to degenerative spondylolisthesis. Cox Technic has specific protocols for degenerative spondylolisthesis pain relief. Other adjunct care approaches may include electrical stimulation
to sedate the irritated nerve and specific at-home exercises
to relieve and control the pain. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is not a curable condition, that is, the slipped vertebra cannot be placed into its totally normal position again, but degenerative spondylolisthesis' pain can usually be controlled by the procedures mentioned here and offered at the Executive Chiropractic of Iowa.
A Patient Case Report
Contact Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for a thorough chiropractic examination to determine if you suffer from degenerative spondylolisthesis and experience help in West Des Moines to relieve the pain and control degenerative spondylolisthesis so its pain does not negatively affect your activities of daily living.
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