(NECK AND BACK PAIN)
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Spondylosis (Cervical or Lumbar)
Spondylosis refers to degenerative changes on the spine, or commonly understood as wear and tear of the spinal column. The spinal joints itself often demonstrates degenerative changes (i.e. bone spurs) and degenerating intervertebral spinal discs. While spondylosis can happen on any spinal joint, it's most prevalent to see cervical (neck) spondylosis and lumbar (low back) spondylosis.
Usually degenerative changes leading to spondylosis are associated with the aging process, but it can also be caused by sports trauma, chronic repetitive stress on the spine, or poor posture, resulting on excessive stress being placed on the spinal joints.
Common symptoms often are a generalised sensation on pain or stiffness on the neck or low back. If there is nerve compression involved, patients can present complaints of numbness, tingling sensation, or weakness down the arm / hands or legs / feet. In some severe cases, it can affect gait pattern or body coordination.
While there is a time and space for pain medication and muscle relaxants, conservative therapy like chiropractic and physiotherapy has been proven successful in reducing the symptoms of pain and nerve compression in the neck and low back. Regular exercises and taking breaks from extended sitting postures are also helpful in prevention of spinal degeneration.