One of the most common conditions affecting the spine is known as spondylosis. This is a general term which includes degenerative changes of the spine which may occur due to wear and tear. The term ‘spondylitis’ is often misused in place of spondylosis making people believe these to be one. This is an umbrella term that includes age-related spinal wear and tear. Prolonged pain in neck and back could be due to spondylosis and needs to be medically treated. Another common misconception is that this can only be treated through surgery. In this article, Dr. Kushal Banerjee, M.D. (Hom.), MSc (Oxon) explains about spondylosis treatment through homeopathy.
Spondylosis meaning and types
Spondylosis arises because the intervertebral disc shrinks, dehydrates and other changes arise. Irritation of the nerves arising from the spine may occur due to the change in the intervertebral disc space. The internal parts of the discs may also herniate (protrude) as the outer coverings become less pliable with age. Spondylosis indicates inflammation of the spine and is a less common condition.
The two most common types of spondylosis are cervical and lumbar spondylosis. These terms indicate the location of the problem on the spine, that is the cervical spine or, broadly, the neck region and the lumbar spine involving the lower back. Cervical spondylosis may affect about eighty-five percent of individuals after the age of sixty but may not cause any symptoms. Symptoms like pain and numbness or tingling along the neck and arm (in cervical spondylosis) and the back and the legs (in lumbar spondylosis) may commonly arise. In some cases, there may be difficulty in co-ordination of movements, loss of grip, loss of control of the bladder or rectum. The last set of symptoms should be reported to a doctor without delay.
How to identify if a person has spondylosis?
While wear and tear is usually considered in older patients, in practice, we see a high number of younger patients with spondylosis. This trend has risen even higher in the last year or so, as patients have been forced to work from home due to COVID-19 related restrictions.
- In the home setting, many patients have been forced to use furniture that is not meant for computer or office work, for many hours without breaks.
- This, coupled with an inability to exercise, has further exacerbated the problem.
- Constant digital device usage, whether computers, tablets or mobile phones, has been a major factor in younger patients developing this and other related conditions.
- A physical examination following a detailed description of symptoms is usually considered sufficient to begin management, but a simple x-ray can serve as a vital tool to confirm the diagnosis.
How homeopathy can aid spondylosis?
“Many patients visit us at our practice when they have become fed up with repeated courses of pain killers, muscle-relaxants and repeated sessions of physiotherapy. Homeopathy is exceptionally effective in, not only managing the pain in these patients, but in helping repair some of the degenerative changes bringing about long-term relief even when medication is stopped,” tells Dr. Kushal Banerjee.
Homeopathic remedies for spondylosis
Some common and extremely effective medicines for cervical spondylosis include Actae Racemosa and Rhus Toxicodendron. Colocynthis and Kali Bichromicum are extremely effective in lumbar spondylosis.
Things To Note
It is important to remember that self-prescribed usage of back braces, neck collars and other such devices may result in severe atrophy (weakening) of the parts. We see this in patients commonly due to prolonged and unsupervised usage of these devices. The key to long term relief, however, is addressing the cause. Here are some important considerations while taking homeopathic treatment for spondylosis:
- In most cases this includes adopting healthy practices.
- Regular exercise involving strengthening of the supporting structures of the spine and posture correction are extremely important.
- Limiting the use of digital devices to whatever extent possible and taking breaks during their usage help reducing the chances of the return of symptoms.
Never ignore any pain if it persists for weeks. General pain may arise suddenly but subside with time, usually within a couple of days. Spondylosis is a result of ignored/unattended pain and it is preventable. Besides, surgery is not the only mode of treatment but you can look up to homeopathy for effective treatment.
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