Spondylosis or Spinal Degeneration refers to degenerative changes in the spine such as bone spurs and degenerating intervertebral discs causing pain and inflammation of the joints between the vertebrae of the spine. It can occur in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper and mid-back), or lumbar spine (low back). Lumbar spondylosis and cervical spondylosis are the most common. Thoracic spondylosis frequently does not cause symptoms. Lumbosacral spondylosis is spondylosis which affects both the lumbar spine and the sacral spine (below the lumbar spine, in the midline between the buttocks). Multilevel spondylosis means that these changes affect multiple vertebrae in the spine.
Causes of Spondylosis
Spondylosis or Spinal Degeneration is an age related phenomenon. With age, the bones and ligaments in the spine wear and tear, leading the spine more prone to deviate from its natural position and to bone spurs formation. Along with vertebral bones and ligaments, the intervertebral discs also degenerate and weaken, which can lead to spinal asymmetry and cause disc herniation and bulging discs. It is common condition and most cases are first reported between the ages of 20 and 50. Over 80% of people over the age of 40 years have evidence of Spondylosis or Spinal Degeneration on X-rays. The disease has some genetic predisposition as well.
Signs and Symptoms of Spondylosis
Signs and Symptoms of Spondylosis or Spinal Degeneration include localized pain in the affected area, usually in the back or neck. If the disease is caused by a herniated disc compressing the nerve, pain may shoot into a limb. Back pain due to a bulging disc usually gets worse with prolonged standing, sitting, and forward bending and gets better with frequent change of positions. Back pain due to osteoarthritis of the facet joints is usually gets worse with walking and standing, and is relieved with forward bending. Symptoms of numbness and tingling or weakness of an affected extremity may be felt if a nerve is compressed. If a herniated disc compresses the spinal cord, this can cause injury to the spinal cord (myelopathy) resulting in numbness, tingling, and weakness.
Chronic pain in the lower back or neck and hips, particularly in the morning and after periods of inactivity and stiffness in the lower back or hip area are also relate to this disease symptoms.
As the condition advances, pain and inflammation in other parts of the body mainly in the area where ligaments and tendons are attached to bones, the joints between the ribs, spine, hips, shoulders, knees and feet is experienced. In progressive stages, controlled expansion of the chest, chronic stooping, inflexible and stiff spine, fatigue, loss in appetite, loss of weight, inflammation in eyes (uveitis) and bowel inflammation may develop.
The diagnosis of Spondylosis or Spinal Degeneration is made by detail history, thorough physical assessment and 3D spine X-rays. Other radiology tests such as plain film X-rays, MRI, or CT scans can also help in diagnosing the disease. X-rays show bone spurs on vertebral bodies of the spine, thickening of facet joints (the joints that connect the vertebrae to one another), and narrowing of the intervertebral disc spaces. CT scans of the spine are able to visualize the spine in greater detail and can diagnose narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) if present. MRI scans show the greatest detail in the spine, and are used to visualize the vertebrae, the facet joints, the nerves, and the ligaments in the spine and can reliably diagnose the disease.
KKT treatment offers highly effective non-invasive medical technology for treating and managing Spondylosis or Spinal Degeneration. KKT spinal care restores the body’s structural and neurological balance that has been affected by the disease. This restoration reactivates the transmission of healing messages from the brain to the affected part of the body and vice versa. As a result, natural healing processes can begin giving you back your optimal levels of health and well being.
The scientifically proven KKT technology in addition of alleviating pain and discomforts of the patients caused by the disease, educates patients on healthy life style including proper diet and hydration, appropriate sleep and correct home and work ergonomics and also provides them and their family with emotional, physical and spiritual support throughout the treatment plan.
If you feel you are suffering from Spondylosis or Spinal Degeneration book your appointment today to avail the best non-invasive solution.
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