Treatment of Spondylosis : Spondylosis is a type of arthritis and can occur in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper and mid back), or lumbar spine (low back). It is usually stimulated by wear and tear of the spine. It refers to degenerative changes in the spine such as bone spurs and degenerating intervertebral discs between the vertebrae. Arthritis is the Inflammation of one or more joints which causes pain and stiffness and often worsen with age.
There are different types of arthritis and spondylosis is one of them. The word spondylosis comes from the Greek word for vertebrae; that is, the 33 individual, interlocking bones that form the spinal column.
Forms of spondylosis are:
- Thoracic spondylosis which affects the middle of the spine.
- Lumbar spondylosis affects the lower back.
- Multilevel spondylosis affects more than one part of the spine.
- Cervical spondylosis is the most common type of progressive disorder that affects the neck during aging.
Risk Factors of Spondylosis
Spondylosis is an aging phenomenon. It is often first reported between the ages of 20 and 50. As we age, the bones and ligaments in the spine wear, leading to bone spurs (osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis). Also, the intervertebral discs degenerate and weaken, and can lead to disc herniation and bulging discs.
Genetics is another risk factor for spondylosis. If many people in a family have spondylosis, there is likely to be a stronger genetic predisposition to spondylosis.
Spinal injury is also a risk factor for spondylosis. Injuries can cause intervertebral discs to herniate. Also, osteoarthritis is more likely to develop in injured joints, including joints in the spine. This can take years to develop.
Spinal osteoarthritis is another term for spondylosis. Osteoarthritis describes arthritis that results from wear and tear. It can affect any joint in the body.
Causes of Spondylosis
Spondylosis happens when the discs and joints of the spine degenerate with age.
The spine helps give the body structure and supports most of its weight. It also carries and protects almost all of the main nerve branches that run from the brain. The spine curved, not straight, and the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar parts of the spine contain 24 bones known as vertebrae. Between these vertebrae are joints that allow the spine to move flexibly. These are called the facet joints.
Also, soft, rubbery tissue called intervertebral discs separate the vertebrae. These consist of cartilage endplates and a tough exterior, the annulus fibrosus, surrounding an inner core, the nucleus pulposus. Intervertebral discs help achieve smooth movement, and they cushion against any impact on the bones.
As a person ages, the discs become drier, thinner, and harder, and they lose some of their cushioning ability. This is why an older person is more likely to have a compression fracture of the vertebra than a younger person.
A vertebral compression fracture, however results from bone collapsing in the spine. It commonly occurs with osteoporosis. The facet joints between the vertebrae also function less well with age because of wear and tear on their cartilage surfaces.
As the cartilage erodes, the bones start to rub together, causing friction. This can result in the formation of bony growths, called bone spurs. The loss of rubbery tissues and the development of spurs make the spine stiffer. Back movement also becomes less smooth, and friction increases.
Symptoms of Spondylosis
The effects of spondylosis vary among individuals, but they do not usually cause serious problems. When a person has symptoms, these are often pain and stiffness that tend to come and go. Most people with age-related spondylosis do not experience any symptoms. Some people have symptoms for a while, but then they go away. Sometimes, a sudden movement can trigger symptoms. Symptoms can include weakness and tingling in the limbs. Common symptoms are stiffness and mild pain that gets worse following certain movements or long periods without moving, while sitting for a long time.
More severe symptoms include:
- a grinding or popping feeling when moving the spine
- weakness in the hands or legs
- poor coordination
- muscle spasms and pain
- loss of balance and difficulty walking
- loss of bladder or bowel control
Treatment Of Spondylosis
Most cases of spondylosis produce only mild, occasional stiffness and pain at first. However as time goes on if left unattended to pain can become more severe, For quick treatment and intervention come to Effective Physiotherapy & Fitness Clinic, competent physiotherapists properly manage cases of spondylosis.
We also attend to similar cases such as back pain, chest pain, neck and shoulder pain, arthritis, stiffness at the joints, fatigue, paralysis, general body weakness, among others. Clients return with good stories to tell.
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