Ayurvedic Treatment Spondylosis
Spondylosis is a general term for degenerative arthritic changes of the spine, or more simply arthritis. Most degenerative changes of the spine are part of the normal aging process, much like developing gray hair. Everyone is expected to have some evidence of spondylosis as they get older. Many times, patients who have spondylosis on imaging studies do not have any symptoms. In fact, more than 90% of adults over 65 show signs of arthritis on neck x-rays. These degenerative changes most commonly occur at the vertebral body and openings for nerve roots. If arthritis occurs at the facet joints, this is referred to as facet syndrome.
Causes Of Spondylosis-
While we generally think of arthritis as age-related, these changes can occur at any age. Heavy labor jobs, high impact sports, previous neck or back injuries may all contribute to accelerated arthritis. There appears to be a strong genetic component to arthritis and we know that smoking quickly accelerates the degenerative process in the spine.
As we age, the bones and cartilage that create our spine develop wear and tear. Vertebral discs become dehydrated and lose height, spinal ligaments lose elasticity and stiffen, and bone spurs occur to try to stabilize the spine. As the vertebral disc loses hydration and decreases in size, the vertebral bones become closer together, narrowing the space for the nerves to exit the spine. Our body attempts to repair the loss of vertebral disc height by creating bone spurs.
Symptoms Of Spondylosis
Many people with arthritic changes will describe stiffness or localized aching at the involved area. People may have difficulty turning or bending their neck. Specific movements, including physical activity or prolonged positioning, may exacerbate pain. Headaches may originate in the neck. Crepitus or a grinding noise may be heard with movement. Symptoms tend to improve with rest and are worst in the morning and at the end of the day.
In severe cases, arthritic changes may place pressure on a nerve root, pinching that nerve and causing pain, sensation changes or weakness in that root. Pinching of the nerve is called radiculopathy. If nerves are involved, people may sense radiculopathy as altered changes in their arms or legs depending on the location of the spondylosis. Degenerative changes can cause spinal stenosis and apply pressure on the spinal cord. When the spinal cord senses pressure on it, it may cause myelopathy: a wide variety of vague symptoms characterized by global weakness, gait dysfunction, loss of balance, sensory changes in the hands and feet, and loss of bowel and/or bladder control.
Ayurvedic Treatment Spondylosis
Diagnosis of lumbar spondylosis consists of a physical examination, neurological examination (to assess sensation and motor function), imaging studies (such as x-rays, CT scan, or MRI).
X-ray studies demonstrate much of the characteristic appearance of spondylosis narrowing of the intervebral disc space and the neural foramina (bony canals by which the spinal nerves exit the vertebral column). Also visible is the presence of osteoarthritis and the formation of osteophytes (small bone spurs) on areas of the vertebrae adjacent to the discs and in the area of the facet joints.
Soft tissue injuries such as herniated disc and nerve root impingement are best seen with advanced imaging modalities, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and myelography.
Pain, tingling sensation, numbness, stiffness of the spine are major symptoms of Lumbar spondylosis which is predominantly due to vitiated Vatha dosha. According to Ayurveda, Lumbar Spondylosis can be correlated to Kati Vata (one of the Sandhigata Vata) and back pain to Kati shula or Prishta shula or Kati graha or Trika shulaor Trika graha.
Treatment in Ayurveda for Lumbar spondylosis is to bring the vitiated ‘Vata dosha‘ back to the state of equilibrium and thereby to the state of health.
The treatment modalities for treating this condition include Panchakarma & Rejuvenation therapies, internal medications, diet and lifestyle changes.
Therapies like Dhanyamladhara, Abhyanga swedam, Elakizhi, Sarvangadhara, Vasti, kati vasti, Navarakizhi are commonly done according to the severity of illness.
At PARIJATAK AYURVEDA, therapies are customized and are done dedicatedly to achieve the maximum success rate. Duration of the treatment may range from 4 – 6 week for ayurvedic treatment spodylosis.