Spinal Instability

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Spinal Instability

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What is Spinal Instability?

Spinal instability, or lumbar instability, is a condition in which the spinal column loses its ability to support the weight of the upper body. The back muscles are unable to keep your spine straight, and there is no longer enough space between each vertebra (bone) in your spinal column.

What are the types of Spinal Instability?

There are four types of spinal instability:

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slips forward over the bone below it. This can cause pressure on the spinal cord and nerves or even cause them to be compressed. Spondylolisthesis is typically a result of stress, injury, or trauma.

Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis is a defect in one vertebra that causes it to fracture or break apart. This can lead to spondylolisthesis and other back problems if not treated right away.

Spondylosis

Spondylosis is the wear-and-tear on the spine that occurs over time as you age. It can lead to degenerative disc disease, which causes pain and stiffness in your back.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can cause back pain, muscle stiffness, and difficulty moving around freely without pain or discomfort in your lower back region.

How to diagnose Spinal Instability?

Spinal instability occurs when a vertebra is not properly connected to its surrounding bones. That means that it’s not properly held in place, so it can move around too far, and then get stuck in an awkward position.

This can cause pain and discomfort, but it can also cause long-term spinal problems if not treated right away.

If you think you might have spinal instability, here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Pain in your back or neck that gets worse after moving around or standing up for long periods of time
  • A popping or clicking sound when moving your neck or spine
  • Muscle spasms that affect your back muscles
  • Inability to turn over in bed without pain

What are the symptoms of Spinal Instability?

The most common symptom of spinal instability is pain experienced in the lower back, which typically worsens with movement. Other symptoms may include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the legs or feet
  • Weakness in one leg or foot
  • Muscle spasms in the back or neck

What are the causes of Spinal Instability?

Spinal instability refers to the inability of the spinal column to stabilize the spinal cord and surrounding structures. This can cause pain, weakness, and even paralysis in some cases. There are a variety of causes for this condition, including:

Trauma

The spinal column can be injured by trauma or sudden movements that cause it to shift out of alignment or break. This can occur during sports or when you’re involved in an accident.

Degenerative disorders

In degenerative disorders like osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, the spine may become weak and fragile over time. This can lead to spinal instability if you injure the area during strenuous activity or other daily tasks such as standing up from your chair at work!

Neuromuscular conditions

Conditions such as muscular dystrophy or spina bifida can cause nerve damage that leads to reduced sensation in certain areas of your body which might lead you to perform movements incorrectly without realizing it until there’s already been some damage done.

What are the risk factors for Spinal Instability?

  • Risk factors for spinal instability include:
  • A previous injury or trauma to your neck or back
  • Hormone changes during pregnancy, puberty, or menopause
  • Osteoporosis (a condition where bones are weak and brittle)

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Spinal Instability?

If you’re dealing with spinal instability, it can be hard to know what to do. Luckily, there are a few exercises that can help you rebuild your strength and flexibility.

Hamstring Stretch

The hamstrings are the muscles in the back of your thighs, and they control the straightening of your hips. This exercise helps strengthen your hamstrings so that they work properly and protect your spine from further damage.

Pelvic Tilt

This exercise is similar to our hamstring stretch, but instead of extending your leg back and forth across the floor, you’ll lift it up in front of you and hold it there for 30 seconds. This will help strengthen your pelvic muscles, which are responsible for supporting your spine.

Arm/Leg Raises

This exercise helps strengthen the muscles on both sides of your body at onceā€”and it’s super easy! Just lie on the floor with one arm and one leg extended in opposite directions (think “T”), then raise them up together as high as possible before lowering them again. Repeat this exercise 10 times per set with each limb before switching sides for another set of 10 lifts per side.

What are the treatments for Spinal Instability?

Treatments for spinal instability can vary depending on the cause and severity of the condition. Common treatments include:

  • Medications to reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling
  • Physical therapy to help with posture and strength training
  • Surgery to fix a torn ligament or fuse vertebrae together

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is used for Spinal Instability?

There are several types of braces available to help manage spinal instability, including Lumbar Support and Lumbar Sacral Orthosis (LSO).

The LSO is designed to support the spine from the sacrum to the lumbar region, providing compression and stabilization. It’s generally used by people who have sustained injuries that have caused their vertebrae to shift out of place and require immediate support.

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