The two types of Spondylosis are cervical and lumbar. From his immense experience of last thirty years, Dr Abraham has found that a chronic infection and inflammation in the body are responsible for cervical and lumbar spondylosis. Hence the most important phase in the treatment is finding out the root cause of the infection and removing it.
Cervical spondylosis is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck. This is also called cervical osteoarthritis.
Cervical spondylosis is caused by chronic wearing away of the cervical spine, including the cushions between the neck vertebrae (cervical disks) and the joints between the bones of the cervical spine. There may be abnormal growths or "spurs" on the bones of the spine (vertebrae).
These changes can, over time, press down on one or more of the nerve roots. In advanced cases, the spinal cord becomes involved. This can affect not just the arms, but the legs as well.
The major risk factor is aging. By age 60, most women and men show signs of cervical spondylosis on x-ray. Other factors that can make a person more likely to develop spondylosis are:
- Past neck injury (often several years before)
- Severe arthritis
- Past spine surgery
Symptoms often develop slowly over time, but may start suddenly.
More common symptoms are:
- Neck pain (may radiate to the arms or shoulder)
- Neck stiffness that gets worse over time
- Loss of sensation or abnormal sensations in the shoulders, arms, or (rarely) legs
- Weakness of the arms or (rarely) legs
- Headaches, particularly in the back of the head
Less common symptoms are:-
- Loss of balance
- Loss of control over the bladder or bowels (if spinal cord is compressed)
Some common complications of cervical spondylosis are:
- chronic neck pain
- progressive loss of muscle function or feeling
- inability to retain faeces
- urinary incontinence
- Lumbar Spondylosis
Lumbar spondylosis is the degeneration of the nerves in the lower part of the body that reduces the ability of the involved segment to proceed through its normal range of motion. The common Symptoms of Lumbar Spondylosis are recognized to be back pain and stiffness of the lower region of the body.
Lumbar spondylosis is a disease which affects an individual in the later life. The major factors that are held responsible for the development of lumbar spondylosis can be concluded as: old age, obesity, sitting for prolonged periods, Prior injury and Heredity. As a person ages the healing ability of the body decreases and developing arthritis at that time makes the disease progress faster. It is seen that persons reaching over 40 years of age are more prone to developing lumbar spondylosis.
Excessive weight also plays a foremost role in causing Lumbar spondylosis. Overweight puts excess load on the joints as the lumbar region carries most of the body`s weight, making a person prone to lumbar spondylosis. Other factors such as sitting in one position for prolonged time puts pressure on the lumbar vertebrae and highlight the risk of developing the disease.
Symptoms of Lumbar Spondylosis depend on where the spine is affected by spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis. These symptoms range from mild to severe and may become chronic or even disabling.
- Frequent Pain
- Morning low back stiffness
- Pain that decreases with rest or after exercise
- Low back tenderness or numbness
- Sciatica (mild to intense leg pain)
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling in the low back, legs, or feet
- Difficulty in walking
- Bowel or bladder problems