Spinal Instability or Lumbar Instability is a condition that occurs when
the inter-vertebral discs in the spine begin to degenerate. The bulge
of the disc decreases and begins to lose height. This causes the vertebrae
to displace from their anatomical position and override the disc. It eventually
produces friction between the vertebrae, causing pain and several other
symptoms. The micro movement within the spine irritates the nerves that
emerge out of the joint spaces. The condition may increase the risk of
Spinal Arthritis and development of bone spurs. Spinal Instability may
also affect the ability of the spine to maintain the body’s structure
- External trauma or fracture of the spine
- Metastatic tumors in the spine
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Congenital defects in the spinal cord
- Disorders of the connective tissues
- Poor lifting techniques
- Severe pain in the back while lifting objects, bending and straightening the spine
- A feeling of locking in between a physical activity such as getting up
from a chair
- Muscle spasms
- Pain may radiate down into the legs and buttocks, generally affecting one
side of the body
- Numbness in the lower extremities and arms
- The symptoms may get aggravated after prolonged sitting or standing
- Laughing, coughing or sneezing may also induce pain
- Details of the patient’s medical history and lifestyle may be noted down
- MRI and CT scan Severe pain in the back while lifting objects, bending
and straightening the spine
- X-ray imaging (in a sitting and standing position) may be required to study
the changes in the bone structure
doctor may probe the spine to recreate conditions that are likely to cause pain.
This helps to diagnose the pattern of pain and the movements that cause it.
- Physical therapy may be effective in treating mild Spinal Instability as
it focuses on strengthening the muscles in the spine.
- Pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed by the doctor.
- Microdiscectomy- Surgical removal of the intervertebral disc that is impinging
on the spinal nerve.
- Spinal Fusion- Two or more spinal vertebrae are fused together to prevent
any movement between them and improve the stability of the spine.
treatment of Spinal Instability and other orthopedic conditions, visit
OrthoTexas. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons in Frisco, you can call at
(214) 618-5502 or visit 5757 Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034.