Spondylosis is a degenerative condition that affects the spine, also known as spinal osteoarthritis. Experts say it’s mostly caused by ageing; the older a person gets, the more he or she exerts wear and tear on their cartilage and bones. As a result, the spinal discs lose their cushioning and spurs develop in the bones, which cause pain. The two most common forms of spondylosis are lumbar (in the lower back) or cervical (in the neck).
Treatment for spondylosis requires medicine and/or surgery, depending on how severe the symptoms are.
Nevertheless, age isn’t the only factor that determines this condition. Certain causes that will put a person at risk for spondylosis include ethnicity (there is a family history of developing this condition), drinking, type of work, previous neck injury or spine surgery, mental health issues, or severe arthritis.
Common symptoms in both cervical and lumbar spondylosis include pain that comes and goes in the affected area, tenderness or numbness, feeling pain after getting out of bed, and sensation of fatigue or tingling. Pain can also spread from the main affected area to other parts of the body. Although signs progress with time, it can also be experienced all of a sudden and if spondylosis continues untreated, conditions such as chronic pain, faecal or urinary incontinence, loss of muscle capacity or even permanent disability may arise.
Conventional medicine has several spondylosis treatment options including drugs and surgery if the signs are already serious. Alternatively, less invasive approaches can be used. Here are a few of them:
- Anti-inflammatory dietary supplements i.e. turmeric, fish oils and ginger.
- Massage can help to relax tight muscles, which can lead to reduced pain.
- Stretching can also help the mind relax and reinforce the core muscles, helping with lumbar pain.
- Osteopathic treatment reduces pain the patient has felt and restores mobility of the spinal joints. It encompasses a variety of methods, such as cold or heat therapy, ultrasound, lifestyle modification, and spinal adjustment as its primary method.
Many patients with spondylosis choose alternative therapies since they do not need any medications or surgery. In fact, Osteopathic care is therapeutic and discusses the various aspects of a patient’s life, not just the stress brought on by the condition. It is a balanced approach which not only emphasises intervention but also prevention.
If spondylosis has been diagnosed you know how painful it can be. Seek Osteopathic care first before you opt for surgery to reduce the pain you experience and improve your overall health.