Spondylosis is spinal degeneration and deformity of the joint(s) of two or more vertebrae that commonly occurs with aging, and may occur with repeated hyperextension of the spine as well. Often there is herniation of the nucleus pulposus of one or more intervertebral discs and/or formation of osteophytes.
When the space between two adjacent vertebrae narrows, compression of a nerve root emerging from the spinal cord may result in radiculopathy (sensory system and motor system disturbances, such as severe pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, back, and/or leg, accompanied by muscular weakness). Less commonly, direct pressure on the spinal cord (typically in the cervical spine) may result in global weakness, gait dysfunction, loss of balance, and loss of bowel and/or bladder control. The patient may experience a phenomenon of shocks in hands and legs because of nerves contraction and lack of blood flow. If vertebrae of the neck are involved it is labeled Cervical Spondylosis. Lower back spondylosis is labeled Lumbar Spondylosis.
Treatment of Spondylosis
Majority of mild and moderate cases of neck or low back pain can be relieved without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is fast becoming the most popular, safe, and acceptable treatment of choice. The largest study on how chiropractic care affects the cost of health care was conducted by American Specialty Health Plans Inc. of San Diego who compared four years of claims from two groups: approximately 1 million members with and without chiropractic care. The findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and WebMD, which confirmed that chiropractic care:
- Cut the cost of treating pain by 28%
- Reduced hospitalizations by 41%
- Reduced back surgeries by 32%
Reduced cost of medical imaging, (X-rays or MRIs), by 37%.
The use of neck collar to keep the affected vertebrae slightly apart to relieve the pressure on the nerves is not usually recommended as it can weaken the muscles supporting the vertebrae and hence exacerbate the problem in the long term.
Injections of the spinal joints can be useful for relief of acute pain for otherwise intractable discomfort. Naturally, any spine injection should be performed by a physician with training in spine injection techniques. These injections should be done with xray assistance (fluoroscopy) to ensure accuracy.
There are many different surgical procedures to correct spinal deformity. The vertebra can be approached by the surgeon from the front, side, or rear. Portions of a disc may be removed. To prevent further dislocation, fusion of two vertebrae may be done by taking pieces of bone from the patient’s hip and inserting them between the two vertebrae which are fused together and secured by screws.
Homeopathy Treatment for Spondylosis
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Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution, family history, presenting symptoms, underlying pathology, possible causative factors etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. A homeopathy doctor tries to treat more than just the presenting symptoms. The focus is usually on what caused the disease condition? Why ‘this patient’ is sick ‘this way’. The disease diagnosis is important but in homeopathy, the cause of disease is not just probed to the level of bacteria and viruses. Other factors like mental, emotional and physical stress that could predispose a person to illness are also looked for. No a days, even modern medicine also considers a large number of diseases as psychosomatic. The correct homeopathy remedy tries to correct this disease predisposition. The focus is not on curing the disease but to cure the person who is sick, to restore the health. If a disease pathology is not very advanced, homeopathy remedies do give a hope for cure but even in incurable cases, the quality of life can be greatly improved with homeopathic medicines.
The homeopathic remedies (medicines) given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the homeopathy treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each homeopathic remedy may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit the Materia Medica section at www.Hpathy.com.
None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice and guidance.
Homeopathy Remedies for Spondylosis :
Asaf., aur., bar-c., bar-m., calc., calc-f., calc-i., calc-p., calc-s., carb-s., carb-v., con., dros., ferr-i., hecla., hep., lyc., merc., merc-c., op., ph-ac., phos., psor., puls., sep., sil., sulph., tarent., ther., thuj.
- ^ “Archives of Internal Medicine” (2004-10).
- ^ http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20041012/chiropractic-care-may-reduce-surgeries-x-rays