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Lower Back Pain from Degenerative Spondylolis

By Debra Rodzinak

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a long name for a condition that is fairly simple.  When one spinal vertebra slips forward onto the top of another vertebra, the spine is weakened.

Changes Due to Aging

Changes in our body due to aging is a fact of life.  Recognizing these symptoms and taking measures to prevent or treat these changes is critical for a vital, healthy lifestyle. 

Over time, as people age, the spongy discs that cushion the vertebrae of the spine dry out and weaken.  When this happens, arthritis sets in and the ligaments and joints of the spine are weakened.  If the spinal joints and ligaments are not strong, the vertebrae of the spine can slip forward onto each other.

Lumbar Region

The most common area of this degeneration of the spinal vertebrae is the lower part of the back.  This is because the lower back is what is moved the most over time.  The lower back is also susceptible to injury from poor posture, repeated movements, and weakened muscles. 

The lumbar region is the lower part of the back.  Each spinal vertebrae is given a letter name and number to indicate its position in the spine.  The lumbar region’s spinal vertebrae are indicated by the letter “L” and the numbers 1 to 5.  The very top vertebrae of the lumbar region is named L1 and the very bottom vertebrae is named L5.  Degenerative spondylolisthesis is most often located in the L4 to L5 region of the spine—the very bottom of the lumbar region.

Facet Joints

When the joints of the back weaken over time, one of the lumbar vertebra may slip forward leading to degenerative spondylolisthesis.  Most often, there are no symptoms other than a dull ache.  However, if a root nerve is pressed or pinched, pain in the back or legs can occur.  Also, numbness and tingling can happen from a nerve that is pinched.

Treatment for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

If vertebrae are slipped, a gentle chiropractic adjustment can help a patient find relief from pain by realigning the spine.  The expert doctors at The Joint work with patients to help them understand the problems and treatment options associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis.

If you are suffering from degenerative spondylolisthesis, come to The Joint to develop a treatment plan that allows you to find pain relief without the use of drugs or surgery.  At The Joint, there are no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember.  Come by The Joint today to begin your path to drug-free back relief.

 

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