Spondylosis

What is spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a degenerative condition of the spine. It is also known as spinal osteoarthritis. There are two common types of spondylosis: Cervical, which affects the neck, and lumbar, which affects the lower back.

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Causes

According to experts, spondylosis is mainly caused by aging. When a person gets older, they tend to exert their bones and cartilages more with every movement, and this causes wear and tear. When this happens, the cushioning in the spinal discs decreases and the bones develop spurs. This results in pain.

Risk Factors

There are a lot of factors that could put someone at risk for this degenerative disease and these include the following:

  • Diet
  • History of injury
  • History of spinal surgery
  • Mental health problems
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary work

Symptoms

Pain in the affected part is one of the most common symptoms of both cervical and lumbar spondylosis. However, the symptom could extend to other areas of the body. It tends to be more severe at the beginning and the end of the day. Other symptoms include numbness, tenderness in the area, tingling, and feelings of weakness.

Spondylosis symptoms develop over time. In some cases, however, symptoms occur all of a sudden. It is recommended to have this condition treated as early as possible because if these symptoms remain untreated, it could result in certain complications such as chronic pain and muscle function loss.

Treatment

While some patients prefer to treat spondylosis with conventional medicine, others prefer chiropractic treatment as this option does not need medications or surgery. Chiropractic treatment restores spinal joint mobility which helps reduce pain as well as improving your overall health.

Chiropractic treatment has a range of methods including spinal adjustment, heat or cold therapy, lifestyle modification, and ultrasound. Most people, as they get older, suffer from spondylosis and this is one of the main conditions we treat at our chiropractic clinics in Chester and North Wales.

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