Our Spondylolysis Solutions

What is Spondylolises?

Instead of indicating a specific diagnosis, spondylosis refers to any condition that results in degenerative changes of the spine. Although spondylosis is most commonly used as a synonym for spinal osteoarthritis, a variety of spinal problems fit the broad criteria for spondylosis.

Facet Joint Osteoarthritis (also known as Facet Joint Disease) accounts for the bulk of spondylosis cases. Facet joints are hinges on the back of the spine where bone meets bone—or in this case, where vertebra meets vertebra. As we age, the cumulative effects of everyday wear and tear may cause the rubbery cartilage that cushions our facet joints to erode. This degenerative process triggers a cascade of pain-generating events, as unprotected bone grinds excruciatingly against unprotected bone.

What are some symptoms of Spondylolises?

  • Radiating Pain: Searing pain that radiates outward to the limbs from the region of spinal degeneration in the neck or back
  • Sciatica: Warm pain that erupts from the sciatic nerve in the lower back and diffuses downward through the buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet
  • Cervical Radiculopathy: Electric pain that emanates from the site of nerve compression in the neck and down through the shoulders, arms, hands, and/or fingertips
  • Paresthesia: Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in your extremities
  • Loss of Balance & Motor Control: Balance disturbances or muscular weakness that impede your ability to move your arms and legs (gross motor control) or your hands, wrists, fingers, and feet (fine motor skills)
  • Facet Joint Stiffness: Progressive inflexibility that interferes with your ability to rotate your head and/or twist, bend, or extend your lumbar spine
  • Activity-Specific Pain: Stiffness and pain that worsens with prolonged sitting or standing; Difficulty walking or maintaining proper posture
  • Neck-Related Symptoms: Shoulder blade pain; headaches at the base of the head; dizziness; or “crunching” sensations while rotating the neck
  • Emergency Symptoms: Seek urgent medical care if you experience debilitating or excruciating pain; involuntary control of your bowels or bladder; saddle anesthesia (or unrelenting numbness in the saddle region of your inner thighs, buttocks, and groin); or a fever higher than 100.0 oF.

What are some treatments for Spondyolises?

  • Laminectomy: A laminectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which your surgeon removes a thin segment of the lamina—or bony plate that forms the backside of your vertebra. Extraction of the lamina not only achieves bone spur removal, but also accomplishes lumbar nerve decompression—eliminating symptoms of pinched nerve pain that assail the lower body.
  • Artificial Disc Replacement: An artificial disc replacement is a sophisticated solution to cervical spondylosis that eliminates the need for a spinal fusion procedure. This outpatient surgical procedure involves removal of the degenerated disc and replacement with a prosthetic model. Avoiding spinal fusion allows the patient to preserve mobility in the neck and decreases the mechanical stress placed on adjacent vertebrae.
  • Endoscopic Foraminotomy: An endoscopic foraminotomy is a minimally invasive decompression procedure that is used to reverse foraminal stenosis. During the procedure, your surgeon uses an optical instrument known as an endoscope to visualize problematic regions of bone overgrowth or spinal deterioration. The entire procedure (including endoscope insertion) is performed through a tiny tube that minimizes scarring and protects adjacent nerves from unnecessary trauma.
  • Regenerative MedicineThe stem cell treatment process involves extracting regenerative cells from the patient’s body and then injecting the cells directly into the affected area of the sprained or strained tissue. The cells can transform into the type of cell necessary for healing. The addition of platelet rich plasma (PRP) can increase the effectiveness of the cell repair work by amplifying the activity of the regenerative cells. Stem cell treatment is a safe alternative to surgery since the procedure will only use the stem cells and platelets from the patient’s own body. This means that anybody, regardless of their age, could undergo stem cell treatment.
  • Epidural Steroid InjectionEpidural Steroid Injection is an application of Cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid into the area that surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves that extend from it, called the epidural space. The steroid that is injected reduces the inflammation or swelling of the nerves in the epidural space.  This may reduce pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms caused by nerve inflammation or swelling.
  • Physical Therapy: At the outset of treatment, one of our highly trained physical therapists will perform an initial comprehensive examination and consultation. Their findings and treatment recommendations will be discussed with you, and our medical rehabilitation team, in a shared decision-making model of patient care. This collaboration ensures that patient care is delivered in a controlled, timely manner, resulting in faster recovery and return to normal activities.
  • Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapists commonly treat chronic or acute pain, or problems with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. These symptoms can affect your ability to perform basic lifestyle activities or prevent a full return to function.
  • Massage TherapyMassage Therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body which include the muscles, connective tissue (ligaments and tendons) and joints. Widely accepted as part of many physical rehabilitation programs, this therapy can be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of many chronic and acute health problems.
  • MLS Laser TherapyLaser therapy can be used to treat acute conditions and is most effective when it is used as soon as possible following the initial injury. The faster the body’s inflammation is reduced, the sooner the healing process can begin. MLS Laser Therapy can help restore the body to normal function much quicker than other pain relieving interventions.

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