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Posted on 11-03-2016
Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic lower back pain, sciatica, or chronic leg pain? If so, you may be suffering from spondylolisthesis, a common chiropractic issue which can seriously impact your qualify of life. Fortunately, the condition can significantly relieved through chiropractic care.
Spondylolisthesis occurs when a spinal vertebrae – the large bones which make up the spine – slips forward and becomes misaligned with the vertebrae below it. Although often seen in individuals over 50 as part of the natural aging process – generally referred to as degenerative spondylolisthesis - the condition is also fairly common among teenagers or athletically active people of all ages. The condition can be caused or accelerated by damage to the vertebrae, the disk structures between the vertebrae, or other underlying spinal structures. This initial damage can be caused by over-use, exertion, or injury, and often does not appear until long after the initial injury or underlying cause has occurred.
The misaligned vertebrae places undue stress and pressure on the nerves, ligaments and disks in the spine and surrounding tissues which can cause considerable pain in the back and lower limbs. The vertebrae can also wear against the facets of nearby vertebrae causing damage to the vertebrae surfaces.
Fortunately, spondylolisthesis can be easily treated by a qualified chiropractor.
The most common chiropractic care for this condition is a procedure known as direct spinal manipulation, also commonly known as a spinal adjustment. In this procedure, your chiropractor will carefully and gently manipulate the specific vertebrae and spinal facets that are causing your pain and other symptoms into optimal alignment using a thrusting technique.
Your particular treatment routine will vary depending on what your chiropractor determines is best for your specific case.
However, once a course of treatment for your condition has been selected, you can rest assured that your chiropractor will also work closely with you on exercises or other techniques to not only relieve your immediate symptoms but to work with you for a lifetime of chiropractic health.
Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care is about far more than just back adn neck pain or finding relief from accident or injury. Chiropractic care is also about long-term health.
Contact us today for more information on the important role chiropractic care can play in your overall health.
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