Spondylosis Treatment includes healing lower back pain, muscle spasms, and numbness in the feet.
Spondylosis usually refers to osteoarthritis of the spine. However, it can also be used to describe any number of spinal degenerative conditions. The term ‘spondylosis’ can be interpreted to mean both pain and degeneration in the spine. Effective Spondylosis treatment can be a game-changer for sufferers.
The following conditions can also be referred to as spondylosis:
Facet joint osteoarthritis – This type of arthritis causes pain during periods of overuse and extended activity.
Spinal stenosis – This refers to the condition wherein there is abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal which affects the leg, causing pain or numbness.
Degenerative Disc Disease – This refers to the condition wherein the discs in the spinal column are dehydrated and unable to serve their function. This can cause anything from low back pain to pain in the arms and legs.
Cervical spondylosis is the most common type of this condition. It is classified as the progressive disorder that impacts the neck as people age. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, this condition affects over 85 percent of people older than 60 years old.
The following symptoms are commonly associated with spondylosis:
Stiffness – There is stiffness at the spinal area especially after periods of inactivity or rest. For example, stiffness may be experienced after waking up from a nap.
Numbness or tingling – These abnormal sensations around the spine are also referred to as paresthesias.
Limited motion – The affected joints may be difficult to move, restricting overall mobility.
Pain – Pain coming from the spinal area can radiate to the shoulders, arms, hands, legs, and other parts of the body. These may be caused by bulging or herniated discs.
To better understand the causes of spondylosis, it is important to get a brief rundown on the parts of the spine.
The curved spine is made up of 24 bones or vertebrae. These bones are separated by intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers. The vertebrae are also linked by facet joints.
As people age, these discs and facet joints begin to show signs of wear and tear. The discs become dehydrated and hard, losing their ability to cushion the flexing of the back. Facet joints also become weaker and more prone to tears.
Repeated stress on the back through certain activities like heavy lifting can also cause weakness in these parts and eventually lead to conditions like bulging or herniated discs.
In some cases, bony spurs develop in the spine, making the entire mechanism stiffer. This restricts back movement as well.
Here are other risk factors for spondylosis:
Anxiety or depression
Posture Correction – Avoiding slouching and other unhealthy posture may also be advised.
Back Support – Choosing furniture and products that offer back support can help.
Medications – Doctors may recommend anything from over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to prescribed pain relief medication.
Injections – When the pain is severe, the doctor may recommend steroid injections to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Surgery – Doctors may suggest surgery if the symptoms are both persistent and severe. The kind of surgery will highly depend on the exact issue and where it is located.
While doctors have good intentions, they are really just treating your pain symptoms with these treatments, even surgery. These treatments have risks like accidental overdose or infections, just to name two. And they delay the actual treatment that will help you long-term. These treatments are not addressing the ROOT CAUSE of the pain, which is most often a musculoskeletal problem. Poor motion in one or more areas of your body can cause the problem that is causing your back pain or sciatica. Only good physical therapy can address the root causes and relieve pain for good.
Although the treatment options above are common, they are not necessarily effective, especially when addressing the possible underlying cause. They may address the pain in the short term, but without identifying and dealing with the root cause, the problem may recur.
For a more holistic approach, our own Dr. Andrew Gorecki has developed the Superior Method to accurately pinpoint the cause of the pain and find longer-lasting solutions. We recognize how complex the body is and how pain in one site may be caused by a problem in another.
We offer the following treatment options:
In order to improve motion in the dysfunctional areas that are causing the increased stress on the painful injured tissues the most effect way to make a change in the body is to have a physical therapist use their hands to facilitate the proper motion while you are moving at the same time. This helps improve the path the body takes in order to reduce stress and tenson on the injured area.
Using mechanical vibrations that penetrate the muscle tissue, blood flow and lymphatic flow are improved. This brings pain relief and addresses the lactic acid cycle as well.
Using targeted exercises, the pain is centralized or moved to a more manageable area where it is eventually completely addressed
The most important element of healing is identifying the cause. The cause is a movement disorder somewhere else in the body that is creating more stress in the injured area than the tissue can handle. A full body movement assessment is the most important aspect in finding the true cause. This involves assessing how mobile and stable the areas above and below the injured tissues are. Once the dysfunctional areas are identified the physical therapist can then prescribe home treatments to fix the problem areas.