Your spine is composed of a series of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and intervertebral discs—all of which help to support the weight of your body and enable twisting and bending motions. However, the things we do on a daily basis can interfere with the health and integrity of these structures, ultimately taking a toll on the health of our spines. Keep reading for more information and tips for maintaining good spinal health .
Use Proper Posture
Slouching or leaning forward for long periods of time increases pressure along the intervertebral discs located between your spinal bones. This prolonged static pressure can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms such as muscle tension, leg pain, and lower back pain. You can help reduce your risk of pain by sitting up straight with your shoulders back and your buttocks resting up against the back of the chair. It is important to keep your weight distributed evenly on both hips while keeping your knees bent slightly at a right angle. You may also consider placing a rolled-up towel between your lower back and the chair to provide lumbar support.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Individuals who fail to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet are often at an increased risk for certain spinal conditions and injuries, as their bodies are not getting the essential vitamins and minerals needed. Make sure your musculoskeletal system is receiving proper nutrition by consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats.
Exercises that focus on your abdomen and back can help maintain the health of your spine by improving your muscle strength. The stronger your abdominal and back muscles are, the easier it is for them to support the weight of your body and alleviate pressure along your spinal structures.
If you want to learn how to take better care of your spine, contact the Spine Institute of Nevada at (702) 239-3787. You can also set up an initial consultation with Nevada Spine surgeon Dr. Perry by visiting us at our website.
At the Spine Institute of Nevada , we strongly believe that no one should have to live with chronic back and neck pain. Dr. Perry and our entire staff are here to help you with any spinal problem or injury.
- Discover helpful information about spondylolisthesis and its causes, diagnosis, and treatment on this page from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- The U.S. National Library of Medicine explains risk factors, symptoms, signs, and tests for spondylolisthesis on this website.
- Visit the WebMD Arthritis Health Center to find out everything you need to know about spondylolisthesis.
- Learn more about spinal compression fractures and how they occur by reading this article from Orthogate.org.
- Scroll through this National Institutes of Health article on compression fractures for more information on their treatment and prevention.
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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.
Basics of 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.
Types of Spondylolisthesis
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.
Treatment for Spondylolisthesis
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.
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