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Spinal Ligament Instability & Regenerative Medicine

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC
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     Often occurring from car accidents, spinal ligament instability is one of the most common reasons for chronic neck/back pain lasting for years after the wreck. This condition is often overlooked or misdiagnosed as it does not show up on regular diagnostic imaging. MRI, CT and regular x-ray fail to show it. When supportive ligaments are damaged in the spine, they can cause serious, ongoing pain and the worst cases can even be a criteria for spinal surgery. While most doctors miss this condition, we have great success! 

     Many patients with spinal ligament instability end up with intractable pain that never goes away completely. This is because (if it’s even found) traditional treatment protocols may only be effective up to a certain degree. Surgical measures for spinal instability often involve spinal fusion but this should only be considered as an ultimate last resort. Even as a last resort, the patient should be cautioned that spinal fusions have some of the lowest success rates. Fortunately, most spinal ligament instability cases will respond well to specific chiropractic care in conjunction with the right rehab.

     Spinal ligament instability that does not respond to conservative measures may have an amount of ligament damage too extensive for the body to repair on its own. In cases like this, regenerative medicine offers great hope. Allograft injections consisting of cells from the placenta and/or umbilical cord are excellent for helping connective tissue disorders and work extremely well for ligament damage.

     At Solutions, we are a spinal ligament injury rehab center. To diagnose spinal ligament instability correctly, we take flexion/extension x-rays and have them read by board certified medical radiologists. After a computerized analysis, we can diagnose with certainty and pinpoint the exact location exactly where the damaged ligaments are in the spine. Then, using advanced methods of chiropractic, rehab and combining it with regenerative medicine, our patients have the best chance possible for a full recovery.


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