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Doctor insights on: Anklosing Spondylosis

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I have chronic ankylosing spondylosis and recently diagnosed with secondary oa of the hip knee and shoulder jnt.Are pain patches useful for me?

I have chronic ankylosing spondylosis and recently diagnosed with secondary oa of the hip knee and shoulder jnt.Are pain patches useful for me?

Yes: If your insurance company will relent and approve them. Some uninsured persons have reported significant pain relief from a topical lotion made by soaking medicinal cannabis in olive oil exposed to the sun for two weeks then passed through cheese cloth ; lavender essential oil added. Should only be produced within states that allow this activity and within their regulations. ...Read more

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What causes spondylosis?

What causes spondylosis?

Spondylosis means : Degenerative changes of the spine that occur primarily with age but can be accelerated by other factors such as smoking, deformity, obesity to name a few. Genetics can also play a role. Sometimes it can lead to instability and deformity or even spinal stenosis. Disc surgery will accelerate the process as can a fusion leading to adjacent level changes. ...Read more

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What are the causes of spondylosis in younger adults?

What are the causes of spondylosis in younger adults?

Spondylosis means : Degenerative changes of the spine that occur primarily with age but can be accelerated by other factors such as smoking, deformity, obesity to name a few. Genetics can also play a role. Trauma has been shown to accelerate changes including whiplash. Disc surgery will accelerate the process as can a fusion leading to adjacent level changes. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only option for spondylosis?

Is surgery the only option for spondylosis?

No!: Spondylosis is degeneration of the spine. It is also called spine arthritits. It normally occurs to some extent in everyone, depending on genes, lifestyle (exercise, occupation, recreation, smoking). Almost everyone living to 65 years or more will have some degree of spondylosis. It may not cause any symptoms such as pain. A healthy lifestyle with regular exercise often is enough for many folks. ...Read more

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Are spondylosis and spondylothesis the same thing?

Are spondylosis and spondylothesis the same thing?

No spondylosis is : Spine degeneration with aging but accelerated by factors such as smoking, deformity, obesity to name a few. Genetics play a role. It may lead to instability ; deformity or even spinal stenosis. Disc surgery will accelerate process as can a fusion leading to adjacent level changes. Spondylolithesis is an instability of spine that can arise from spondylosis but can be genetic or from injury. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is a permanent cure for spondylosis ?

I need to know if there is a permanent cure for spondylosis ?

Manage: First, this just means degeneration of the spine which happens normally as we age ; does not necessarily lead to pain. If it does, you can manage arthritis rather than "cure" it. If it is a generalized problem you first need to identify what the arthritis is: rheumatoid, osteoarthritis etc. If osteoarthritis, weight control, smoking cessation ;exercise are important . Otherwise, see your doc. ...Read more

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How are spondylosis and spondylitis distinguished from each other?

How are spondylosis and spondylitis distinguished from each other?

Spondylosis is a : Term referring to the natural aging process of the spine that does not necessarily lead to any symptoms while spondylitis refers to an inflammatory condition causing pain with associated degenerative changes occuring as a result of that inflammation which can be from multiple causes. ...Read more

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Can my spondylosis ever go away?

Spondylosis: Unfortunately.. once you have spondylosis (or arthritis of the spine), you have what you have. There is no way to reverse the process, although this does not mean 'pain'... There are lots of people with terrible spines and no pain, and vice versa. 'Motion is Lotion' I often say to people with spondylosis and mild flexibility exercises and lots of walking are typically helpful. Good luck! ...Read more