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Slipped Disc – the Common Term for a Widespread Spinal Condition
A slipped disc, or spondylolisthesis is a condition where one vertebra slips forward in relation to an adjacent vertebra, putting pressure on spinal nerves and nerve roots at the affected segments of the spine. Spinal spondylolisthesis is most commonly seen in the lumbar spine, or lower region of the back. Symptoms of lumbar spondylolisthesis include soreness in the area of the slippage, tightness or stiffness of the muscles of the lower back, pain in the lower back, thighs and buttocks, and sciatica. Slipped disc may develop secondarily to degenerative disc disorders and to lumbar spinal stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. Options for treatment of spondylolisthesis include medications, physical therapy and lumbar traction. Lumbar spine fusion is the traditional surgical option for patients who do not respond to more conservative spondylolisthesis therapy or to treatment for symptoms of spinal stenosis. However, now there’s a surgical solution clinically proven to provide superior outcomes to spine fusion surgery—Posterior Arthroplasty and the TOPS™ System from Premia Spine.
The TOPS Alternative to Spinal Fusion for Slipped Disc
Spinal fusion surgery involves fusing two or more vertebrae together. This stabilizes the spine, but the fused vertebrae lose the ability to move independently. In contrast, the TOPS™ System allows normal motion in all directions – flexion, extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation. Premia Spine’s TOPS System has been demonstrated to provide better outcomes than lumbar spinal fusion surgery in clinical studies conducted around the globe since 2005, providing immediate and sustained improvement in quality of life. If you suffer from symptoms of spinal stenosis, with or without secondary conditions including spondylolisthesis and facet arthrosis, you should talk to your physician about the TOPS Posterior Arthroplasty to find out if it’s a treatment option for you.