Treatment methods

Slipped vertebra: treatment only following extensive diagnostics

If you have been diagnosed with a slipped vertebra, we consult with you to select the best-possible therapeutic approach. According to the severity and level of instability, this may involve conservative measures, but it could also involve surgical treatment. What’s important is applying the right treatment at the right time. Our experienced specialists and modern equipment offer the best basis for this.

Conservative treatment methods

Slipped vertebra treatment – without surgery where possible

90 per cent of our patients are typically first treated using conservative methods at Schön Klinik – in other words, without surgery. A key part of this is acute pain treatment using a combination of painkillers and muscle-relaxing medication. Afterwards, regular movement and muscle building exercises are crucial for a slipped vertebra. Exercises, both physiotherapeutic and back-focused, train your stomach and back muscles and keep the spine in shape.

We additionally recommend spine-friendly sports such as back swimming, cycling and Nordic walking. They even support muscle rebuilding. Changing to a healthy diet can also be beneficial. Each pound of weight lost reduces the strain on your back.

Surgical treatment methods

More support for the spine: surgical reinforcement

If conservative treatment doesn’t fully treat your symptoms, surgery may help. This is often the case when the slipped vertebra affects your nerve function or leads to spinal canal narrowing. Surgery is also recommended if back pain has been present for a long time, feelings of numbness have increased or the slipped vertebra advances significantly in children. If surgical reinforcement is required, you’ll be in safe hands with us. Our experts are some of the leading specialists in spinal surgery and are setting medical benchmarks in this area.

Schoen Clinic delivers the highest quality in spinal surgery. Our preferred surgical method for slipped vertebrae is biological reinforcement, whereby we move your listhesis back to its starting position using a screw-rod system and screw it onto an adjacent disc. Although this will cause the spine to lose mobility in this area, it will be more stable. Because just using the screw-rod procedure alone could loosen the listhesis, we place a supporting titanium or plastic cage between your vertebrae. This is then filled with material from your bones or a bone substitute. This helps us stabilise the affected area of the spine.

After surgery, we recommend immobilising your back for twelve weeks. During this time, our patients wear a stabilising corset. This way, we can ensure that the implanted foreign body becomes stable. After this corset has been removed in stages, you can begin physiotherapy. Step by step, you’ll then be fit and healthy again for your daily routine.