Lumbar spondylosisis the appearance of osteophytes in the lumbar vertebrae.
Bone spurs are bony growths small localized mainly on the front and side of the vertebral bodies. On X-rays can be seen well these osteophytes. Bone spurs are present at the many people who have lumbar spondylosis, but are asymptomatic. So bone spurs are the leading cause of back pain in this disease. Lumbar spondylosis usually produces no symptoms, occurring after complications. Some complications include nerve compression by bone spurs at the back of the vertebral body. Because pain is necessary to appear intervertebral hole diameter reduction by 30%. If the bone spur is found in the spinal canal can compress the spinal cord at that level, giving the characteristic symptoms. Spondylosis is a degenerative process. Mainly affects lumbar spine to persons over 40 years and the degenerative process progresses with age.
Lumbar spondylosis symptoms
Lumbar spondylosis symptoms are back pain and the morning stiffness. Lumbar spine is subjected to high stress, supporting most of her body weight. Thus, the inter-vertebral discs wear at this level is a causal factor of spondylosis and back pain often accompanies physical activity. Even the position of sitting or standing for a longer period of time can cause pain in people affected by lumbar spondylosis. Nerve compression as a complication of spondylosis, give characteristic symptoms: pain, numbness, weakness in the legs and buttocks. Another complication is the instability of the lumbar spine spondylosis due to morphological and functional alterations of the vertebrae and inter-vertebral discs. Vertebrae are not aligned normally slip one over the other, a process called spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis cause spinal deformity, pain, paresthesia.
Lumbar spondylosis treatment
Lumbar spondylosis treatment may be medical, non-medical or surgical. Appropriate therapy will be chosen based on patient symptoms, the degree of evolution of disease and other factors that may interfere with the treatment chosen. Often, treatment can be combined, for example: medications associated with physical therapy, etc.. Drug therapy involves the administration of pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, antidepressants (if needed) or infiltration with steroids.
Surgery is performed when a nerve is incarcerated, causing numbness and severe pain and persistent.
Lumbar spondylosis non-drug therapy
Lumbar spondylosis non-drug therapy is: physical therapy, physiotherapy, massage. Patients suffering from chronic pain, persistent and annoying can to buy back various media (eg the car). They are beneficial because they limit movement of the spine, correct deformities and stabilize the spine. In the kinesiology lumbar traction can be made to increase the distance between the vertebrae, the pain-relieving effect.