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Physical Therapy Exercises For Lumbar Spondylosis
Not surgery: Spondylosis is ubiquitous in the middle ages and beyond. Research has shown that it is not possible to reliably and definitively diagnosis/isolate spondylosis as a primary cause of lbp to predict any level of success with injections or surgery. Patients are best off trying noninvasive measures including wellness initiatives such as exercise, weight reduction, stress management, mindfulness, etc. ...Read more
No quick answer: Spondylosis is also known as stenosis. It occurs as we get older. It occurs with trauma and repetitive spinal micro trauma. We can't prevent it. When it cause neurologic problems surgery might be needed to decompress neural structures such as nerve roots and the spinal cord. ...Read more
Hi! What is the difference between DDD, DJD, osteoarthritis, and spondylosis? I am confused. Thanks Ana, physical therapy student.
Similar issues: DDD, stands for degenerative disc disease. It is a condition in which the actual cushion between the vertebrae begins to dry out and shrink. DJD stands for degenerative joint disease, a condition in which the bone is beginning to become arthritic and may develop spurs. Another name for that is osteoarthritis. That condition may be age and or activity related. Spondylosis is also interchangeable ...Read more
Stay mobile: I tell my patients to stay mobile and exercise as much as they can, and formal therapy can also improve one's back problems. ...Read more
Move: Wht ever gets and keeps you moving and you enjoy. ...Read more
Yes: It is another name for age related changes to the spine and does not require any specific treatment other than we should all exercise routinely. ...Read more
Core: Usually what is described as core strengthening exercises. By strengthening your core, your symptoms can improve and also you will potentially be able to do more as well. ...Read more
I ve cervical lumbar spondylosis can I drive two wheller I don't wear helmet just used to go ofc can I go by it does it hve any effects on spine?
Varies: The term spondylitis of the lumbar or cervical spine is another way to say you have some degenerative arthritis in your spine, which in and of itself is not a deterrent to activity. Certainly, if any activity you do regularly causes severe pain. It would be best avoided. Also please reconsider the use of a helmet, it could save your life. ...Read more
Another Birthday!: Usually nothing as this is the natural aging process of the spine to the point if you live long enough, the spine essentially fuses on its own! Some people may feel a little stiff but if you exercise this can be minimized. Sometimes it can lead to imaging findings of spinal stenosis which is found in 20% of people over age 60 but a lot don't have symptoms of this disease either. ...Read more
Hard to say: Lumbar spondylosis is another way to say you have developed some degenerative changes in your spine. This can certainly potentially cause back and leg pain, but is somewhat of a non specific diagnosis. If pain persists, a detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually pinpoint the cause. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Chiro #1 for Back Pn: Chiropractic has been proven to be the #1 treatment for low back pain. Chiropractic is effective in treating this condition. Research demonstrates spinal manipulation and specific rehabilitation in conjunction the best management. Research also demonstrates that once you have back pain, it will reoccur. A Doctor of Chiropractic can help you manage it through adjustments and home exercise programs ...Read more
See below: Lumbar spondylysis just essentially refers to the development of degernerstive changes within the spine. A herniated disc is a condition in which a part of the inner portion of the disc has displaced out through the outer portion of the disc into the nerve canal. Don't hesitate to discuss with your doctor. It is sometimes easier to understand by looking at the MRI images themselves. ...Read more
What to do about impression multilevel lumbar spondylosis with broad based central disc protrusion l4-l5?
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more
Can I do weight lifting if I have lumbar spondylosis at 28 from 3 months only? First I was diagnosed with L5 bulge and pt made it spondylosis! : (
Yes: First check w/ your ors before u begin a wt. Lifting program. At your age w/ unilateral spondylolisis I would avoid squats, power cleans and dead lifts. Other exercises (esp. Upper body)are usually ok. If your surgeon thinks u are at risk for spondyilisthesis or worsening pain I would follow his advice. He knows how signifigant the 'crack ' is in your back, the chances it will heal and progression. ...Read more
It means you are old: It means you are getting to a ripe old age or you have a geneitic predispostion to develop this or you were or are a smoker or sll the above. ...Read more
Smoking and DDD: That's a bit tricky. It is uncontested that degeneration occurs 4-5x the frequency in smokers—so do postop complications. Why? Likely a couple reasons. 1) nicotine interferes with small vessels which exchange nutrients into the disc, without which it will not survive 2) carbon monoxide levels displace oxygen, which is necessary for disk (and body) health, combine the above for a double insult. ...Read more
Hi this is nessa I am 65 years I am suffering with lumbar spondylosis with levoscoliosis. Is it something I should really worry about. What is the trea?
Not to worry: There is not much to do about the scoliosis now. Of course that depends on how severely curved the spine is. The arthritis or spondylosis I am sorry to say stays. There are medication that can help but spondylosis remains. Surgery to prevent the curve from getting worse is also available. If the pain radiates down the legs, then evaluation for disc disease is needed. Good luck. ...Read more
Several things: First, you need to assess your health status in terms of regular exercise, weight control & tobacco use. Are you getting a good night's sleep on a good mattress? If the pain persists or is getting worse, try over the counter medication & a simple back support &local heat applications. If no better, see primary care doctor for evaluation &to discuss next steps such as medication, PT, imaging ...Read more
Is it safe to drive two wheeler if I have cervical and lumbar spondylosis it pains in neck if I drive but its my necassity?
Not safe: U need 2 wear a helmet ; this alone will increase symptoms, as will bumps that jar ur entire spine, even if u r standing most of the time like a jockey riding a race horse. If it's a necessity for ur work u have 2 wiegh the pros ; cons; make a decision knowing the consequences. ...Read more
As I read in many answers that cervical and lumbar spondylosis are normal aging process m young and have this why it pains than?
Wear and tear: Degenerative disease of the spine can occur as a result of injury or wear and tear. Some people may have a family history of early osteoarthritis. Pain in the neck may be from muscle spasm, not necessarily osteoarthritis or spondylosis unless x-rays have proved their presence. ...Read more
I am suffering from cervical and lumbar spondylosis at 28...Does it mean that I will suffer for the whole of my life? Or lead to paralysis?
Possible, but: May be able to dampen the affects with physical therapy regimens that may need to be repeated. Spondylosis is used to describe a specific type of arthritis in your spine and can lead to long term pain but can be managed. The spondylosis itself should not lead to paralysis unless it actually impinges on the spinal cord, which would be extreme. Spondylysis and spondylolisthesis threaten cord more. ...Read more
What does diffuse degenerative endplate spurring, mild neutral narrowing L4-L5 & L5-S1 mean? The x Ray says minimal lumbar spondylosis mean?
These are changes in the bones of the back associated with aging. These changes are similar to arthritis changes and do not necessarily cause any symptoms. They can be seen in most people to varying degrees after age 40-50.
These spurs may irritate the nerves going to the buttocks or legs. Th spondylosis refers to one vertebrae sliding out of line slightly with the others. This is minor /common ...Read more
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