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Can You Spondylolisthesis
is the subluxation or slippage of one vertebral body over another, usually with the more superior body slipping forward relative to the body below. This can be due to to etiologies such as ligamentous laxity or an abnormality of the bone(spondylolysis). If mild, it may be asymptomatic. If severe or unstable, it could cause kinking/compression of the spinal cord ...Read more
Not normally: Curvature of the spine, or scoliosis, is not normally caused by manipulation. However, changing some things, like changing functional aspects of posture, can lead to a functional mild scoliosis. I would recommend seeing someone to make sure there is no other damage just to make sure. That being said, manipulation normally will not cause it and is generally safe. ...Read more
Depends, but not: Normally. If you have instability, then yes. However, if it is just to treat pain, you will most likely just trade the pain for another level. Only do it if you have tried all other medications and therapies. ...Read more
Yes: Normally, when you look at the spine from the back it should be straight. When the spine is curved, and that curve is greater than 10 degrees, it is called scoliosis. Normally when you look at the mid back from the side, there is a "hump" in the back of up to 45 degrees. When the "hump" is greater than 55 degrees, this is called an increased thoracic kyphosis. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Yes you can: You can over treat any disease. It all depends what the complains of the patient are. If the pain is very minimal and the person can control it with over the counter medication, every other form of treatment would be considered over treatment. On the other hand, there are forms of disc herniation that fail all conservative measures and need surgery. Every case is unique and requires common sense. ...Read more
Examination: Kyphosis is a normal curvature of the thoracic spine. I am assuming that you are referring to hyperkyphosis. This is where the upper back rounded forward in an exaggerated fashion. At some point there may develope a hump in back called a dowager hump. This may cause by osteoporosis, compression fractures, degenerative arthritis, scheuermann, s disease, etc. ...Read more
No: Bulging discs are a reflection of compression.The weight of the upright spine, pull of the muscles & physical activities are reflected in changes in this rubbery material. Scoliosis is a reflection of less known factors & shows up primarily during the rapid growth of the teen years, like the spring growth of a plant.That growth has more tendency to drift away from being straight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aging: By slipped discs, i assume you mean bulging and herniated discs. This is parts of the normal aging process. By age 60, approximately 90% have degenerative discs, 709% have bulging discs, and 36% have herniated discs in their lower back. So the answer, is if you live long enough, you will most likely have multiple degenerative discs. ...Read more
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