Spinal Instability – Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco is a group of board certified surgeons and physicians providing treatment for a wide range of spine conditions. They have extensive experience in treating conditions causing acute and chronic back pain.

Spinal Instability

Spinal Instability refers to the irregular movement between two vertebrae caused due to damage to the discs in the spine. The abnormal movement puts pressure on the nerve roots, leading to pain and decreased mobility of the spine.

Causes Of Spinal Instability

  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Wear and tear of the spine due to aging or repeated stress may cause degeneration of the spinal tissues which may further lead to instability.
  • Spondylolisthesis: This condition occurs in the lower spine and puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.  
  • Scoliosis: It is a condition characterized by a lateral curvature in the vertical lines of the spine.
  • Fractures: A fracture can damage the spinal cord and cause instability. It can also weaken the bones.
  • Trauma or injury: Any sort of spinal injury or trauma can damage the spinal cord.

Symptoms Of Spinal Instability

Severe pain may start from one side of the back and extend to the leg. The pain may increase after prolonged sitting, standing, bending, coughing, sneezing or laughing. The condition may also lead to muscle spasms and weakness in leg or foot.   

Diagnosis Of Spinal Instability

A doctor may inquire about the medical history and conduct thorough physical examination of the spine. Diagnostic tests such as X-ray, MRI or CT scan may be conducted to determine the extent of damage. Radiography tests may also be required to diagnose the spine condition.

Treatment For Spinal Instability

Non-surgical treatment:

  • Brace: A doctor may recommend wearing a back brace to support and stabilize the spine.
  • Physical Therapy: Stabilization exercises may be recommended by the physical therapist to strengthen and control the functioning of spinal muscles.
  • Medication: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain.

Surgical treatment

If non-surgical treatment does not provide relief from the symptoms, surgery may be recommended.  

  • Spinal Fusion Surgery: The surgery aims at correcting Spine Instability by joining two or more vertebrae together. Bone grafts are placed around the spine which helps in the fusion process. However, it may take several months for the vertebrae to fuse completely.
  • Microdiscectomy: In this procedure, the disc that is pressing on the spinal nerve is removed by making small incisions using an endocope.

The spine surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive treatment for Spinal Instability and other spinal conditions. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.