Alternative treatment for Spondylosis. The word spondylosis comes from the Greek word for vertebrae.
Spondylosis refers to degenerative changes in the spine such as bone spurs and degenerating intervertebral discs between the vertebrae.
Spondylosis changes in the spine are frequently referred to as osteoarthritis. For example, the phrase “spondylosis of the lumbar spine” means degenerative changes such as osteoarthritis of the vertebral joints and degenerating intervertebral discs (degenerative disc disease) in the low back.
Spondylosis can occur in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper and mid back), or lumbar spine (low back). Lumbar spondylosis and cervical spondylosis are the most common.
Cervical spondylosis is that which affects the neck and can radiate into either arms
Thoracic spondylosis frequently does not cause symptoms.
Lumbosacral spondylosis is that affects both the lumbar spine and the sacral spine (below the lumbar spine, in the midline between the buttocks).
Multilevel spondylosis means that these changes affect multiple vertebrae in the spine.
There are several medical terms that sound similar to and are often confused with spondylosis including the following:
Spondylosis deformans refers to the growth of bone spurs (osteophytes) or bony bridges around a degenerating intervertebral disc in the spine.
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing of the spinal canal limits the amount of space for the spinal cord and nerves. Pressure on the spinal cord and nerves due to limited space can cause symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling.
Sciatica is pain shooting down the sciatic nerve as it runs from the low back down the buttock and the leg, either on one side or both sides. Sciatica often occurs when a herniated disc puts pressure on the sciatic nerve as it exits the spinal canal in the low back. Sciatica is a specific type of radiculopathy (compression or irritation of nerves as they leave the spinal column).