Lumbar Spondylosis Definition

May 4th, 2011

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF LUMBAR SPONDYLOSIS?

Lumbar Spondylosis is a medical condition in which the patient feels chronic pains in the lower part of the vertebral column due to the misplacement of the vertebrae. The age factor plays a significant role in the cause of spondylosis and the condition is mostly seen in people having the age above 40-45.

 

WHY IS IT NAMED AS LUMBAR SPONDYLOSIS?

Spondylosis is the disease of the spine. In this condition the vertebrae tend to move and slide over one another. This condition is also referred as Spinal Osteoarthritis. This condition occurs due to the defect in facet joints (spine joints). As the lumbar region of the spine bears majority of the weight of body and also tolerate chronic forces acting on it, then spondylosis is more likely to occur, thus it is known as Lumbar Spondylosis.

 

Following could be the major chances which can lead the person to Spondylosis:

 

Ø  Age Factor (mostly seen in people above 40-45 years of age and common at the age of 60)

Ø  Constant sitting position for a long period of time.

Ø  Restless and strong physical activities

Ø  Lifting of heavy objects

Ø  External injury

Ø  Genetic issues.

 

 HISTORY OF LUMBAR SPONDYLOSIS

The lumbar spine is composed of five small vertebrae which move vertically along the lower back of the body. It is a degenerative spinal condition in which the vertebrae slide over one another and cause roughness in facet joints that is how it is also referred as the Spinal Osteoarthritis. This disease is mostly discovered in the patient due to serious back pain and uncomfortable movements.

 

TREATMENT OF SPONDYLOSIS

The treatment of the disease can be carried out by various methods such as:

 

Ø  Exercises

Ø  Hot and cold water treatments

Ø  Aerobics

Ø  Application of medicated ointments

Ø  Analgesic applications

Ø  Surgery

 

 

Lumbar Spondylosis Definition

February 10th, 2011

HOW DO WE DEFINE LUMBAR SPONDYLOSIS?

Lumbar spondylosis is defined as a medical condition in which the vertebrae of the vertebral column are disturbed from their position. It is a degenerative condition that occurs due to slippage of vertebrae or may due to occurrence of bone spurs (osteophytes) between the facet joints in the spine.

HOW CAN A PRSON SUFFER FROM LUMBAR SPONDYLOSIS?

Lumbar Spondylosis as the name indicates is a disease of the lumbar spine. The vertebral column has 5 major regions which are named as Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacrum and Coccygeal. Cervical and Thoracic are the upper regions of the vertebral column while the lower region of the vertebral column starts from the Lumbar and ends at the Coccyx (Tail Vertebra).

The lumbar spine bears the majority of the body weight and most of the body forces act on it. Moreover many body muscles are articulated with the joints of lumbar spine. These reasons mostly after an age of 45-50 lead to a disease known as “Lumbar Spondylosis”. The disease is common in women rather than men and is found in late ages. As the human grows old, his bones get decalcified and weak. Thus most of the people fail to bear heavy weight stress on their back and suffer from this condition.

HOW TO CURE AND TREAT THE CONDITION?

Lumbar Spondylosis is a curable disease. If not cured, it can be treated for sure to reduce the aches, the patient suffers from. Right after diagnosing the disease, the doctors primarily prescribe the patient the physical therapy of the condition, i.e. Exercises. Physical exercises are the first remedy to be taken for treating back pains. They are supposed to be the most effective and helpful treatment for such cases. However if the condition does not improve after the physical approach; medicines, pain killers and even surgical treatment shall be carried out.

Anatomy of Lumbar Spondylosis

January 1st, 2011

Before we study about any disease, we shall thoroughly know about the part of body where the disease takes place. This is known as the anatomy of the disease. Similarly if we go through the anatomy of Lumbar Spondylosis, we will firstly come to know about the vertebral column, its classification and the respective functions.

When we study about the vertebral column we know that vertebral column is a framework of small bones, discs and cartilages which protect the spinal cord and the entire network of nerves present on the back of the body. The bones which fuse and join to each other and make up the vertebral column are referred as the ‘vertebrae’ (sing = vertebra). These vertebrae are vertically positioned and located one on the top of the other. The vertebrae are classified into 5 regions due to their positions where they are located.

The top most region of the spinal cord or the vertebral column which supports the head and the neck is known as the Cervical Vertebrae. This region comprises of seven (7) small bones. These vertebrae support the head and neck and make the nodding movements of the head. After that, arises the Thoracic Vertebrae, which contains twelve (12) bones. These bones make up the rib cage. The next region is the Lumbar Vertebrae which is made of five (5) bones. This is the lower region of the back. It bears the most of the weight of body and muscle articulation. The last two regions are collectively known as the tail spine. These contain 7-8 bones altogether and are known as the Sacrum Vertebrae and the Coccygeal Vertebrae.

As the name directs, Lumbar Spondylosis is a condition in which the Lumbar Vertebrae are degenerated due to slippage of discs and occurrence of osteophytes commonly known as the bone spurs. This disease is mostly common in old-aged people.