SPONDYLOSIS

WHAT IS SPONDYLOSIS?

Spondylosis is a condition that involves inflammation of the spine. Causes include infection, injury or age-related wear and tear. A common form is ankylosing spondylosis, a type of arthritis.
Symptoms include pain, stiffness or tenderness in the back, hip pain and limited mobility.

 SYNTOMS

For most people, cervical spondylosis causes no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they typically include pain and stiffness in the neck.Sometimes, cervical spondylosis results in a narrowing of the space needed by the spinal cord and the nerve roots that pass through the spine to the rest of your body. If the spinal cord or nerve roots become pinched, you might experience:
• Tingling, numbness and weakness in your arms, hands, legs or feet
• Lack of coordination and difficulty walking
• Loss of bladder or bowel control

 CAUSES

As you age, the bones and cartilage that make up your backbone and neck gradually develop wear and tear. These changes can include:
• Dehydrated disks. Disks act like cushions between the vertebrae of your spine. By the age of 40, most people's spinal disks begin drying out and shrinking, which allows more bone-on-bone contact between the vertebrae.
• Herniated disks. Age also affects the exterior of your spinal disks. Cracks often appear, leading to bulging (herniated) disks — which sometimes can press on the spinal cord and nerve roots.
• Bone spurs. Disk degeneration often results in the spine producing extra amounts of bone in a misguided effort to strengthen the spine. These bone spurs can sometimes pinch the spinal cord and nerve roots.
• Stiff ligaments. Ligaments are cords of tissue that connect bone to bone. Spinal ligaments can stiffen with age, making your neck less flexible.

RISK FACTOR

Risk factors for cervical spondylosis include:
• Age. Cervical spondylosis is a normal part of aging.
• Occupation. Jobs that involve repetitive neck motions, awkward positioning or a lot of overhead work put extra stress on your neck.
• Neck injuries. Previous neck injuries appear to increase the risk of cervical spondylosis.
• Genetic factors. Some individuals in certain families will experience more of these changes over time, while others will not.
• Smoking. Smoking has been linked to increased neck pain.

AYURVEDA TREATMENT FOR SPONDYLOSIS

Ayurveda treatment includes diet therapy, yoga therapy,meditation,hydrotherapy,etc .
Ayurveda offers excellent therapies for treating Ankylosing spondylitis. The strength of Ayurveda in the area of spine and joint treatments is globally appreciated. Since it addresses the root cause of the issue, the results are fantastic. Ayurved has in-depth knowledge of causative factors of AS and clearly explained the pathogenesis and line of treatment to be followed.
Ayurveda has a very effective approach to the treatment of inflammations even those of auto-immune nature. The approach is holistic comprising of diet modifications, lifestyle changes, stress management, herbal medication and Ayurvedic therapies, Yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation, that help the body get back to Homeostasis (state of balance and harmony). The approach is even effective as a preventive against further relapses of the condition.

Panchakarma procedures requires around 60 – 90 days based on the severity & chronicity of the disease. Strict diet restrictions along life style modification are essential parts of the therapy. Following the diet as advised not only helps in recovering fast but also in prevents further worsening of the condition.

• Dhanymladhara - Pouring of a warm fermented liquid

• ChurnaPind Swed- Podikkizhi ( Herbal powder massage)

• Patra Pottali Swed- Ilakkizhi ( Massage with bolus of fresh herbal leaves)

• Abhyagam - Oil massage with steam bath

• Basti - (Ayurved Medicated enema)