Ways to Prevent Back Pain, Specifically Spondylolisthesis, from Occurring

By July 16, 2018Blog, General, News

Spondylolisthesis is a condition where instability in the spine is present due to a slipped vertebra. If the vertebra has slipped a considerable amount, you will likely feel lower back pain and leg pain. This can make everyday activities very difficult. Fortunately, the GNI physicians can help!

Contact us today if you are experiencing back pain and/or leg pain.

Did you know? Spondylolisthesis is very common among teenagers. This is due to their physically active lifestyle and growth spurts. However, spondylolisthesis can affect people of all ages. For example, congenital spondylolisthesis may be present at birth, degenerative spondylolisthesis may affect people over 40, and pathological spondylolisthesis may occur if a disease is present.

When you schedule an appointment with a GNI specialist, your spondylolisthesis will be diagnosed and managed. The specialist will grade the amount of vertebra slippage on a one to four level – with four being the most severe. A GNI physician will discuss which treatment option is best for you, as there are several to consider. Through treatment and following recovery instructions thoroughly, you should be feeling better in no time.

Ways to Prevent a Slipped Vertebra & Back Pain

Your spine is the backbone to good health (literally and figuratively). It’s important to do everything you can to maintain a healthy spine. And, if you have a teenager, consider talking to him about the following ways to prevent spondylolisthesis from occurring:

  • Avoid bending and twisting your spine excessively
  • Consume a well-balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Practice good posture
  • Quit smoking (or don’t start)
  • Use safe lifting techniques

Preventative maintenance is key to keep your body functioning properly. But, if reactive maintenance is required, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a GNI provider if you have back pain or leg pain.

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