Traumatic spondyloisthesis is a degenerative condition in which one vertebra slips forward onto the vertebra below in response to a direct injury. Auto accidents cause spondyloisthesis by creating stress fractures, which weaken the supportive integrity of the spine, allowing for movement of the vertebrae. People suffering from spondyloisthesis are most likely experiencing mechanical back pain, which can be treated effectively with chiropractic care.
In between your vertebrae are discs which act as cushions responsible for shock absorption; there are also facet joints which exist to restrain excessive motion that would cause damage to the spine. They allow the back to move forward and backward, but not too excessively. Spondyloisthesis occurs when these facet joints are compromised, allowing too much flexion. When this happens, vertebra, most commonly in the lumbar region, will slip out of position onto another vertebra, pinching the nerves and causing pain in the region.
The good news is that spondyloisthesis symptoms often respond very well to chiropractic care. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we offer a non-surgical treatment for this condition that works in phases: reducing pain, improving stability, correcting posture, strengthening, and finally maintenance. We do not treat the slippage directly, but rather focus on restoring function to the facet joints and thereby improve the conditions that are causing pain. Spinal adjustments target the joints that exhibit restricted mobility, allowing them to move again. Other modalities include flexion distraction and trigger point therapy to reduce tension in the affected area.
If your back is feeling abnormal in the wake of an accident, call our office to set up an appointment at (707) 864-2223. Motorists who have been in accidents in the American Canyon area can count on us to diagnose and treat their injuries with expertise and precision.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.