As we age our bodies grow older, that’s life! Gaining an understanding of these changes that occur in our spinal column, can give us a vivid picture of why we have pain.
Lumbar spondylosis is caused by degenerative changes to our spine over time. It is also referred to as spinal osteoarthritis if bone spurs develop. Regular everyday activity can lead to wear and tear of bones and a loss of flexibility of the spine. Any parts of the lumbar spine such as the disc, vertebra or associated joints can degenerate with regular movement. Essentially, degeneration of these bodies is termed lumbar spondylosis.
Symptoms are not always felt but can frequently be seen on x-rays in the form of:
Hence, the safest option if you feel you may have this condition is to get an MRI, X-ray or a CT scan done.
If a patient has pain, it can be easily treated with heat or ice therapy. Over the counter medication can also be prescribed. Physical therapy is also a great way to relieve any pain as well as keep the spine flexible. In fact any form of light exercise such as yoga or water aerobics can be beneficial.
Treatment will be determined based on your imaging results. If your spondylosis is advanced, your doctor may prescribe epidural steroid injections.
Most importantly, remember that spinal disc degeneration is a natural part of the aging process so be sure to get frequent checkups by your doctors and surgeons.
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