The reason for my post is that I have had 3 cervical fusion surgeries since First it was C5 through T1, and after falling and landing face first inon cheekboneI had to have C fused.
Retrolisthesis is the most common direction of misalignment or subluxations of the spine encountered. This makes retrolisthesis the speciality of chiropractors! If you wish to prevent a subluxation developing into a significant 2mm or more retrolisthesis, then it makes sense to prevent the wear and tear that would cause further damage to spinal joints both soft tissues and boneby the subluxation process.
See how deterioration begins. In short, this means having your spine checked for subluxations by qualified chiropractors who are the only health care professionals who by their university level training can find and adjust subluxations. If found, subluxations should be corrected using the gentlest means to get the adjustment done.
With retrolisthesis prevention is better than attempts at a cure! Generally, Pilates and Yoga tend to put too much pressure on the tissues involved because they are in an injured state.
Also the attention of the trainer may not be sufficiently tuned to fine nuances of body position. The tissues mentioned above, need to be repaired as soon as possible after an injury.
Your chiropractor will advise you specifically what to do to prevent the retrolisthesis from returning and what exercise you should or should not do.
Once a retrolisthesis measures 2mm or more, the non-surgical protocol below is needed to some extent as determined by your health care practitioner. Back to the top 8 Non-Surgical Protocol None of the information listed below is to be taken as a directive to any particular person as a treatment.
This information is provided as general information only, so that treatment options that you may not yet be aware of may be brought to the decision making process with the help of your suitably trained health practitioner. This is for 2 reasons: Nerves may exhibit signs of abnormal function due to retrolisthesis, in the absence of pain.
These may be abnormal reflexes, alteration of sensation on the skin, muscle spasm or cramping, weakness of muscles and atrophy, alteration of blood flow and temperature of the skin. A thorough physical examination will find these signs. Chiropractic repositioning adjustment has been shown to be able to bring about a "significant reduction of retrolistheses displacement" 8 The soft tissue repair process can take longer than the pain control that most people with a retrolisthesis expect.
Position must be maintained during a repair process to achieve optimal results. Because with a retrolisthesis, we are dealing with stretched soft tissues at best and torn at worst, it makes sense to use as little force as possible to bring about a positional correction. To that end, I use chiropractic methods - Torque Release Technique and instrument adjustments together with finger sized pressure as needed.
Corrective forces are kept to a minimum while still having repositioning take place. For muscle tone to function properly, it must be properly organised by the nervous system. If the tone is too great, we call that a spasm. It is an unwanted component of any spinal condition.
Spasm can hold a bone in an unwanted and counter productive position and can prevent the optimally organised movement of the spine. Muscles in spasm can only pull in the direction of the muscle attachments where the tendons attach to bones.
Muscles at the back of the spine especially in the lumbar and cervical region will tend to pull the spinal bones in a front to backward direction. This is the same direction as the positioning of the segment in retrolisthesis.
Too little tone and we lose position maintenance. This time we lose the lordosis of the cervical and lumbar spine. Myofascial release can be of benefit in restoring normal muscle tone and can add indirectly to stability. Robb Myofascial Release is a method used to assist in resetting the abnormal neurological signal gain from habituated nerve signals both too and from the nerve rich fascia.
The required nutrients, include: Copper is necessary for cross linking protein to add strength to membranes and ligaments.
It is only needed in trace amounts. Excess copper can lead to toxicity and a depletion of zinc. This is slow repair tissue and takes years to change supplements are the way to go. Manganese, Helps cross link protein.
Therapeutic doses are only feasible as supplements Vitamin A, is available from butter, fast, oily fish, liver, cod liver oil, yellow an orange vegetables. Vitamin A is essential for tissue repair.
Vitamin C is a major antioxidant and tissue builder.(1) A retrolisthesis is a displacement in the opposite direction to a spondylolisthesis Retrolisthesis is found mainly in the cervical spine and lumbar region but can also be often seen in the thoracic spine.
displacement of up to 25% of the IVF is considered as Grade 1, 25% to 50% as Grade 2, 50% to 75% as Grade 3, 75% to %. Grade 1 retrolistheses of C3 on C4 and C4 on C5 A retrolisthesis is a posterior displacement of one vertebral body with respect to the subjacent vertebra to a degree less than a luxation (dislocation).
A study published in the March issue of the Journal of the Korean Neurosurgical Society identified retrolisthesis as a compensation that moves a vertebra backward when your spine and pelvis are biased too far forward in the forward/backward plane. The researchers say that a small degree of lumbar lordosis and/or a small pelvic tilt angle can instigate the formation of a retrolisthesis.
Retrolisthesis, or backwards slippage of a vertebra, is an uncommon joint dysfunction. A vertebra is a small bony disc that makes the vertebrae, a series of small bones that form the backbone. Grade one is the most minor, with the vertebra only slightly misaligned (up to 25 percent), while grade four is the worst, with the vertebra completely misaligned.
Causes A blow to the spine can knock vertebrae out of alignment, causing retrolisthesis. I recently had an x-ray of my cervical spine and the test results reported: There is reversal of normal cervical lordosis with disc space narrowing and equivocal retrolisthesis at C with some lateral spurring more on the right.