Chiropractic Rehabilitation For Spondylolisthesis

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The most common lower back spinal fracture is known as spondylolisthesis and most people don’t know about the benefits of spinal chiropractic rehabilitation. This condition causes pain, disability, and is usually progressive in nature. It often leads to risky spine surgery. Previously, the only way to manage the pain from the condition was through taking addictive medications. When the condition becomes unbearable, these patients often turn to having costly and highly invasive spine surgery. This can have serious, negative consequences.

There is now a way to improve that condition through our unique, spinal chiropractic rehabilitation protocol performed at our Complete Spine Solutions offices, Brookhaven and Tucker.

Imagine a vertebra that has slipped out of proper position because the bone is fractured and unstable. This tenuous situation puts undue stress on the spinal cord, nerves, and discs. It causes both pain and current and future instability of the spinal structure. The negative impact this can have on one’s life is very serious. The fear of what the future holds for people with this condition of spondylolisthesis is now a thing of the past. We want to share with you a scientifically-based outcome of a Grade II fracture (25% forward displacement). This will become a groundbreaking case study.

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This 20-year-old, athletic male, suffered many health issues. Specific to his lower back fracture were: thigh soreness and weakness as well as cold feet. Patients like him will invest in foam rollers, choose expensive physical therapy treatments. Many times they take highly addictive medications, to no avail. The symptoms always return because the root cause of the problem, the fracture, is still a reality, with no solution.

What is a Spondylolisthesis?

According to the US Library of Medicine, spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a spinal bone (vertebra) moves forward out of the proper position.

What Causes a Spondylolisthesis?

In children, spondylolisthesis usually occurs between the fifth bone in the lower back (lumbar vertebra) and the tailbone (sacrum). It is often due to a birth defect in that area of the spine or acute trauma.

In adults, the most common cause is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones, such as arthritis. The condition mostly affects people over 50 years old. It is more common in women than in men.

Certain sports activities, such as gymnastics, weightlifting, wrestling (that’s how I probably got mine), and football, greatly stress the bones in the lower back. They also require that the athlete constantly overstretch (hyperextend) the spine. This can lead to a stress fracture on one or both sides of the vertebra. A stress fracture can cause a spinal bone to become weak and shift out of place. Bone disease and fractures can also cause spondylolisthesis.

Our Chiropractic Rehabilitation Treatment Methods

We treated this patient by first stress-testing their vertebrae to see if it would respond to our corrective treatments. When we saw that it would, we began a spinal remodeling protocol We applied gentle mechanical forces in the opposite direction of the way this vertebra was shifted. Since it was shifted forward, we gently stabilized the areas above and below this segment. Then we applied gentle front-to-back forces over time, through the abdomen, directly on this vertebra. This non-surgical chiropractic rehabilitation approach pushed it back into a more normal position through targeted spinal adjustments, custom exercises, and site-specific tractions.

Our Outcome

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The results are astounding with chiropractic rehabilitation. We reduced this spondylolisthesis from a significant 25-50% shift down to less than 25%. Moving from a significant displacement of 13.7mm to 5.7mm, means his new position is now barely outside of the normal range. Please realize any reduction in this condition previously was only achieved through risky surgery. The result of moving the fractured vertebrae into a more stable position yielded the following results:

  • Thigh soreness – 95% better
  • Weakness in legs – 95% better
  • Coldness in feet – 70% better

What Can He Do Now?

Following treatment, this patient was able to run a half marathon. Our non-surgical, corrective chiropractic rehabilitation procedure changed his current life, and certainly his future health. His new position is more stable and inline. We are still working with the patient to further reduce the displacement. We will certainly follow up with you on our continued success with him. Do you know someone currently suffering from back pain, leg weakness, sore leg muscles or diagnosed with a spondylolisthesis? We just might be able to improve this individual’s prognosis for recovery without surgery. It all starts with our initial evaluation and spine mapping procedure. Call me at 770-938-4606 to discuss any cases that warrant this attention.  

What grade is a 4 mm spondylolisthesis?

mm does not equal grades of spondylolisthesis, it’s the percentage of slippage forward vs. the bone below. The grade of your condition is based on the distance from the posterior edge of the superior body of the vertebrae to the same edge of the inferior vertebral body. The ratings range from spondylolisthesis grade 5: grade 1 spondylolisthesis is the least severe and grade 5 is the most severe. To diagnose this condition, your chiropractor will take X-rays in order to see if any of the bones in your vertebrae have slipped or are misaligned.

How many mm is a grade 2 spondylolisthesis?

The ratings range from from spondylolisthesis Grade 1 to spondylolisthesis Grade 5. Grade 1 is the least severe and Grade 5 being most severe. Grade 2 is a 25-50% forward of the bone below.

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deborah igbalajobi
deborah igbalajobi
19:11 22 Apr 22
Incredibly nice chiropractor. Everyone there is so welcoming . They are in the business of helping you fix the problem not just manage pain! Definitely excited to see the progress I’ll have !
Laura Cape
Laura Cape
23:21 14 Apr 22
It is such a treasure to have found CSS this year. I have struggled with chronic pain, illness and disability for over 27 years and didn’t think I could ever get and relief. I have a long road ahead but I can actually feel like I am starting to move better. The most important thing is that the staff is so welcoming and supportive that I look forward to every appointment which is not how I feel about some of the other places I have been. On days that I am really struggling I walk in the door and feel cared for and happy and the sweet and hysterical staff often keep me distracted from my pain for awhile. They work together and they work hard for their patients.
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Adrienne Buckmire
17:03 11 Apr 22
CSS is an awesome place, associates and medical team are very professional and knowledgeable. I feel like I have a second family who wholeheartedly cares about my health. My health has improved tremendously! I would recommend CSS to everyone that I come in contact with. I am so happy that I have chosen CSS. Dr. Shapiro and his team are awesome!
Jodi Scott
Jodi Scott
16:18 05 Apr 22
These guys are consistently amazing with what they do. I was on the path to back surgery and now I’m not thanks to CSS!
Caroline Camick
Caroline Camick
22:24 28 Mar 22
I’ve been a patient for 20 years, at CSS. I would never go to another chiropractor. Their techniques and approach are so advanced and like no other practice.
Austin Freeman
Austin Freeman
19:43 02 Mar 22
Excellent care and individualized recovery plans. I was experiencing chronic upper back and neck pain and within the first month it was drastically reduced. After two months it was almost gone entirely. Highly recommend!
Tayler Morgan
Tayler Morgan
18:07 01 Mar 22
Cannot recommended Complete Spine solutions enough. They offer care unlike any chiropractic you will find. They correct your spine rather than just “cracking” you and sending you on your way. The entire staff has been so well trained they make the entire process a breeze. Flexible appointment times. Dr Shapiro and Dr Asli are so kind and caring. Both treat you with the upmost care and individual attention. They make a point to remember your name and personality and cater to that.
Lindsey Campbell
Lindsey Campbell
16:37 01 Mar 22
Amazing service! I noticed a lot of imrpovement for my pain after one week of care for my three herniated disks.
Tayler Morgan
Tayler Morgan
16:51 28 Feb 22
Cannot recommend them enough!! If you are in pain from literally anything, see doctor Shapiro. The staff is incredible, well trained, and thoughtful. They work hard so you can feel better. I have seen other doctors and none compare.
Sharon Mitchell
Sharon Mitchell
00:43 25 Feb 22
I Love it so far I've only had 2 visits but those visits were awesome .The staff is so welcoming and pleasant , they are extremely helpful and explains all your treatments thoroughly, .I will continue to go to to hem u til I am fully healed.
Sofia Negron
Sofia Negron
16:48 23 Feb 22
Highly recommended for long term treatment and great results!
Jose Acosta
Jose Acosta
00:06 16 Feb 22
I’ve been going to CSS for about a month. It has been a pleasant experience from the beginning.They have a passionate team that loves people and make you feel welcomed.I can say that my back and entire body feel a lot better after only a month! Everything they do is trackable; they’re constantly explaining to me what is happening in my body.I appreciate how approachable the doctors are. Great service all around.

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