The human body is a very intricate conglomeration of nerves, bones, muscles and other tissues. One of the most complex parts of the human body is the spinal column, as it is made up of a series of a vertebra that helps to support and protect the spinal cord. In addition, there are small, disc-like items that are between each of the vertebra and they help to cushion the spine and allow for free movement. When the spine is properly aligned and operating in the way it should, there are few problems. Sometimes, however, things get out of alignment and a case of spondylolisthesis may occur.
Many people have never heard of spondylolisthesis and even fewer are able to pronounce it properly. Even though it is not very well known, there are over 3 million people who suffer from this problem every year. When the issue is diagnosed properly, there are options available to help increase your odds of getting over the issue. If you live in Frisco, Plano or anywhere in the Dallas Metroplex, you can count on the services of Dr. Dickerman. In fact, there are people who come to get treated by him and his competent staff from across the United States.
The problem with spondylolisthesis occurs when the vertebra slips too far and ends up pinching a nerve in the spine. This could result in severe pain in the area of the disc or it could cause pain, numbness, tingling and other problems to radiate down the legs. Like any type of back problem, it can severely affect your quality of life and make it difficult to live on a day to day basis. In most cases, the person who has this problem is only looking for a way to get some relief from the pain they are experiencing.
There are certain types of activities that make it more likely for a person to suffer from spondylolisthesis. For example, if you were to play football or another contact sport, you are at a greater risk for this problem. In addition, there are many people who are involved in gymnastics that end up with this problem as well. In some cases, it could be an inherited condition that makes it more likely for you to suffer from this problem.
There are treatment options and you can discuss those options with the spine and brain surgeon Dr. Dickerman when you are having your initial consultation. In some cases, medication is used to help relieve the pain and they will recommend bed rest to see if helps to overcome the difficulty. If the case is particularly severe, the doctor may consider surgery, although he will discuss that options so you can make an informed decision before going through with the procedure. As is the case with any type of surgery, Dr. Dickerman will consider a nonsurgical option first and then consider surgery if it doesn’t help. You can ask questions about the operation so you are more comfortable with the process.