spinal instability

spi·nal in·sta·bil·i·ty

the inability of the spinal column, under physiologic loading, to maintain its normal configuration; can result from congenital defects, trauma, degenerative change, or neoplastic diseases affecting the vertebrae, intervertebral discs, or spinal ligaments; may lead to damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots or to painful spinal deformity.

spi·nal in·sta·bil·i·ty

(spī'năl in'stă-bil'i-tē)
The inability of the spinal column, under physiologic loads, to maintain its normal configuration; may result in damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots or lead to the development of a painful spinal deformity.
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I suffer from severe spinal instability with my spine partially dislocating in three places hundreds of times each day - even from just lifting my head off the pillow.
Wheeler explores the relationship between pain, spinal instability, muscle weakness and mobility keeping sufferers locked in a cycle of recurring pain.
This information would be helpful to spine surgeons because it would allow for an appreciation of the window available for sufficiently decompressing a stenotic spinal canal while preserving a reasonable amount of bone in the pars, helping to prevent postoperative spinal instability.
Successful laminoplasty was carried out in all 40 cases with no incidence of spinal instability during the follow-up period.
It is believed they result from either trauma or spinal instability.
Also excluded were patients with healed spinal tuberculosis who were operated upon for spinal instability.
If a patient has spinal instability a revision diskectomy isn't going to help that person-another type of surgery may be needed," said Weidenbaum.
Among current indications are scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, congenital deformities, spinal instability in trauma or by iatrogenic causes (e.
Odontoid dysplasia and ligamentous laxity can commonly cause cervical spinal instability and potentially spinal cord compression.
Possible risks of the procedure were discussed, including increased risk of infection, spinal instability and unknown long-term effects with treatment of multiple disc levels.
Patients with spinal instability often present with radiculopathy and neurologic deficits such as sensory changes and motor weakness.