Can spondylolisthesis is BEST Treated without surgery?
Non-operative treatments are always better, and there is no difference when it comes to spondylolisthesis. In fact, surgery should be the last option and only reserved for an unstable condition. But, before we get into what types of care are best, let us familiarize you with spondylolisthesis. So, without further delay: Spondylolisthesis is a congenital or a developmental disorder that results in slippage of one spinal bone over its adjacent bone below. The vast majority of cases seen are those that inherited, but some do result from injuries. Damage from an injury, leading to a spondylolisthesis is a fracture of the spinal bone.
The word spondylolisthesis means a “break” with slippage. “Break” is either inherited or traumatic such as a fracture. The break is at the portion of the vertebra that connects the front part of the bone with that of the back. Our Vertebral body is part of our spine bones that bears our weight; it is the part in the front. The back portion of the vertebrae is where the spinal joints and processes needed for attachments of muscles lie.
When there is no slippage associated with the “break” is medically known as a spondylolysis. When slippage accompanies the breakage, known as “spondylolisthesis”. Keep in mind that this breakage could be congenital (you were born with it), or developmental (resulted from a fracture). Breaks from fractures result either from a slip and fall or result of degenerations that comes with advancing age.
Spondylolisthesis is further broken down into 4 (four) categories:
- Slippage that is less than 25%: Grade I
- 25-50% slippage is: Grade II
- A slippage of 50-75% is: Grade III
- Grade IV is a slippage that is 75% or greater
Grade I and even Grade II is best treated non-operatively by our methods of chiropractic and physiotherapy. Grades III and IV may do better with surgical intervention. However, surgery should also take into consideration patient age and overall wellbeing. In other words, for those with advanced age; surgery may not be a great option. In our centers, every spondylolisthesis patient is carefully evaluated to ensure that our methods are target specific. We go through a series of specialized diagnostic procedures to assert the stability of your spondylolisthesis. Once the evaluation process is complete, one of our clinical team members will go over your therapeutic options.
Our technology and our team members (Chiropractors and Physiotherapists) are experts in the non-surgical treatment of spine and joint. Spondylolisthesis treatment in our centers is with advanced therapy equipment, clinical physiotherapists, and our research-based chiropractors in Malaysia. Rest assured; we excel in all three.
Our collaborative systems and specialized spine technology are not second to any in Asia. In fact, we succeed when others fail. Thus, so visit one of our centers to see what a clinical research-based team of Chiropractors and physiotherapists can do for you today. We can help. In adults, arthritis of the spine is the most common cause of spondylolisthesis and often seen in the 4th and 5th lumbar bones. In younger people, the most common causes are stress fractures caused by accidents or a sports related injury.
Symptoms of Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis can result into either neck pain or back pain, depending on its’ location. The symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. The pain in the back or down the legs is common. Also, many complain of numbness, tingling and even weakness in one or both legs. It can even lead to erectile dysfunction in males and fertility issues in females. Thus, the pain and symptoms can vary and have enormous implications affecting the quality of one’s life. It can cause pain in the back, pain in the hip, pain in the legs and pain along the spine.
Spondylolisthesis can pinch the spinal cord or the thecal sac and cause damage to the nerves, and may even cause health issues with bowels, bladder, and reproductive organs. Spondylolisthesis is better-treated non-surgery. Our Technology and collaborative methods of care are the keys. With our expert Chiropractic knowledge combined with clinical physiotherapy and incorporating our unique, one of a kind Spinercise technology, we can stabilize a spondylolisthesis and help our patients rid themselves of the pain and problems of this potentially crippling condition. Proper and timely care is a must to avoid worsening of your spondylolisthesis, so visit us; we offer the best of Chiropractic in Malaysia.