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About Spinal Instability

Abnormal Vertebral Movement

When one or more vertebrae move excessively, the condition is referred to as spinal instability. This condition can not only cause awkward movements, but it can also cause mild to severe levels of pain if left untreated. At miVIP, our top-class surgeons use non-robotic spinal surgery to successful treat unstable vertebrae.

When the joints and the discs of the spine become damaged, an instable spine is often the result. A certain amount of tension between the vertebral discs is required in order to effectively support the spine, and when this tension is lost due to disc deterioration, the joints of the spine are no longer properly supported and may begin to move excessively and cause spinal instability. When this occurs, non-robotic spinal surgery may be the most effective treatment option.

Causes of the Condition

An unstable spine is commonly caused by the following conditions:

  • Acute Traumatic Injury: Automobile accidents and other traumatic and sudden injuries can damage the structures that help support the spine, including joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As a result, the spine may become instable and move excessively.
  • Degenerative Spine Disease: Herniated discs and spinal stenosis are two fairly common examples of degenerative spine diseases that occur naturally in some individuals as a result of the aging process. As these diseases progress they can lead to instability in the spine.

Common Symptoms of Spinal Instability

Non-robotic spinal surgery is minimally invasive and may effectively treat these common symptoms of an instable spine:

  • Pain that radiates to the extremities
  • General weakness of the back
  • Pain in the spine that grows worse during movement
  • Numbness and/or tingling sensations
  • Paralysis

Treatment Options

If you are experiencing symptoms of an instable spine, you should seek a thorough physical examination. Based on the examination findings, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatment options:

  • Rest: When the degree of spinal instability is minor, rest may be all that is required to treat the condition.
  • Back Brace: In some cases a brace may be needed to support the spine until it has had time to heal on its own with proper rest.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy exercises and stretches can help to strengthen the back and encourage spinal stability.
  • Medication: Proper management of pain is essential when an instable spine causes significant discomfort.
  • Surgery: Non-robotic spinal surgery such as spinal fusion is often the most effective treatment for severely instable spines. During minimally invasive spinal surgery, the affected section of the spine is immobilized in order to strengthen the back.


For many victims of spinal instability, surgery can reduce pain and improve quality of life for many years. Long-term success is largely dependent on the patient taking proper care of their spine by avoiding repetitive motions and lifting only light objects.

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If you or someone you love is suffering from pain associated with an instable spine, call miVIP at 877.956.2263 and schedule a consultation.

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