lumbar spondylosis spine

What is Lumbar Spine and Lumbar Spondylosis?

The word ‘spondy’ means spine and ‘losis’ means problem. Spondylosis is a general term which refers to the degeneration of spine. It relates to the arthritis of vertebrae or spinal osteoarthritis. Our body spines comprise of, joints, ligaments, vertebrae, and intervertebral discs.  The vertebral column of our body is made up of five parts; cervical curve, thoratic curve, lumbar curve and sacral curve. The Lumbar vertebrae are the largest segment of the vertebral column. The vertebral body of each lumbar vertebra is large and wide. It is part which can generally be referred to as the lower back region of the vertebral column.

As we age, the discs in the lumbar spine, which act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae, become likely to collapse. In the back, the vertebrae (spinal bones) and intervertebral disks collapse with aging. The intervertebral disks have cushion like arrangement that act as shock absorbers between the vertebral bones. The overgrowth of the vertebra under or over one causes contraction of spinal canal and inter-vertebral foramen with a resulting firmness of nerve roots, spinal cord or both. It is a degenerative order of lumbar spine and is widespread in ripened people.

Spondylosis is typically known as the slippage of one spine over the other. Symptoms linked with spondylosis of the lumbar vertebrae depend on everyday life and activity levels. In lumbar spondylosis, the spine undergoes a tightening of the space between the vertebrae causing many lower back problems and neurological disorders. This occurs because of maturity in age when the spinal column undergoes a lot of chemical and biological changes.

Inflexibility and soreness in the lower back repeatedly extends towards the buttocks, which leads to sciatica. The patient can also experience bowel irregularities and bladder problems. Along with severe pain at the back, muscle spasms also take place in the body.

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