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Spondylosis Care & Cure

Spondylosis may be defined as a degenerative disc disease. A furtherance of the disease leads to stiffening or fixation of the bony building-blocks of the spine, i.e. the vertebrae. Such changes in the spine are often referred to as “degeneration of the inter-vertebral discs” which can occur anywhere in the spine from the cervical to the sacral region. The most commonly affected areas are the Cervical and the Lumbar regions, although the Thoracic area may also get affected but may reflect no symptoms. 

According to Ayurveda, the above condition is a clear indication of Vata aggravation (due to either extrinsic or intrinsic reasons.) According to the Ayurvedic pathogenesis of this disease, two conditions are apparent: one is an extremely aggravated Vata which increases roughness. Hence, it reduces the appropriate nutritional supply, thus drying up the Kapha in the inter-vertebral disc space. This results in a deterioration of the structure. The second is that the Kapha itself gets reduced in its normal concentration and amount, and at the same time gets affected by aggravated Vata. This again leads to increased roughness, finally causing deterioration of the structure. As will be observed, in both the conditions Vata is an important role-player in Spondylosis. Another possible Ayurvedic pathogenesis is an obstruction in the channels due to excess Kapha. This can block the normal flow of Vata and cause its accumulation and aggravation, ultimately producing a similar condition.

Modern scientific viewpoints believe that each vertebral body has four facet joints that function like hinges. These are the articulating (moving) joints of the spine that enable extension, flexion, and rotation. Similar to other joints, the bony articulating surfaces are coated with cartilage. Cartilage is a special type of connective tissue that provides a self-lubricating and low-friction gliding surface. Facet joint degeneration causes loss of cartilage and formation of osteophytes (e.g. bone spurs). These changes may cause hypertrophy or osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint diseases.  

Degeneration is a natural aging process, but it can get accelerated due to several causal factors leading to various degenerative disorders which may appear in very early stages of life.  Altered lifestyles have already increased the number of chronic diseases. Due to increased mechanization and automation, simple physical exercises like walking, running and cycling have begun to play secondary or non-existent roles in everyday life. Homo sapiens have become homo sedentricus, and paying a highprice for the unfortunate change.

Several similar sounding medical terms often get confused with actual “spondylosis.” These include:

Spondylitis: inflammation of one or more vertebrae, such as in ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory arthritis of the spine. This is different in that spondylosis is degenerative while spondylitis is inflammatory.

Spondylolysis: incomplete development and formation of the articulating part of the vertebra, the pars inter-articularis. Because of spinal instability, this defect is predisposed to spondylolisthesis (see below.)  

Spondylolisthesis: forward or backward movement of one of the lower lumbar vertebrae on the vertebra below it, or on the sacrum. For example, forward spondylolisthesis of L4 on L5 means that the fourth lumbar vertebra has slipped forward on the fifth lumbar vertebra. As a result, the spine is not normally aligned.

Spondylosis deformans: growth of bone spurs (osteophytes) or bony bridges around a degenerating inter-vertebral disc in the spine

Spinal stenosis: narrowing of the spinal canal. The narrowing of the spinal canal limits the 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.

CAUSES:

Factors which affect the quality of life and accelerate degeneration of spine-

  • consumption of junk food and food with a high level of concentrated pesticide
  • microwave cooking
  • genetically modified food grains, vegetables and fruits
  • regular use of fatty foods
  • excess intake of alcohol
  • smoking  
  • untimely and improper eating habits
  • lack of exercise, and leading a sedentary life,
  • and other such lifestyle malfunctions 

 

Factors which provoke Doshas in Spondylosis-

  • excessive sitting in front of computer, TV and other audio-visual equipments
  • reading, eating and sleeping in inappropriate body postures
  • carrying a heavy load on the head
  • carrying excess load on one arm or shoulder only (uneven distribution of weight)
  • frequent long drives in wrong posture and driving on uneven roads
  • accidental trauma, history of neck or back injury
  • age related wear and tear
  • stiffening of ligaments connecting neck bones and muscles

 

Symptoms-

  • stiff, painful neck
  • shoulder, arm or chest pain
  • tingling or pinprick sensations in the arms, hands, legs or feet
  • numbness and weakness in the arms, hands, legs or feet
  • lack of coordination
  • difficulty in walking
  • abnormal reflexes
  • loss of bladder or bowel control

 

Treatment-

A specific treatment plan has been designed to accelerate the balancing process of pathological factors, i.e. Doshas, to improve inner strength, and quicken the auto-healing process of the body. Because of Nature’s coherence with the Cosmos, intervention by Natural methods hastens the process of regeneration of tissues.
Available treatments fall under several categories: medication, exercise, yogic technique, diet and lifestyle, detoxification, physical therapy and Panchkarma therapy etc.

Duration of treatment- 21 Days

Instruction-

  • Before planning to join the program, send your medical history via e-mail.
  • Bring all the relevant medical documents with you.
  • Response of given treatment may vary from person to person.

 

Recommendations-

  • Avoid large, high and thick pillow
  • Avoid sudden twisting of neck or back
  • Use hard mattress
  • Avoid long sitting in front of computer or take short rest
  • Avoid forward bending and take proper advice from Physiotherapist for appropriate exercises
  • Avoid cold food items and all other eatables which can aggravate Vata
  • Avoid journey on uneven roads
  • Refrain from all other causal factors
  • Take Fenugreek seeds 1 teaspoon and soak in the water for 24 hours and chew it early morning empty stomach
  • A paste of soaked Almond nuts should be taken every morning at the time of breakfast
  • Milk should be taken along with a pinch of Turmeric powder (Haldi) every day
  • Mix- 2gm Ashwagandha powder, 1gm Turmeric powder and 250 mg Trikatu and take it with warm water in the morning and evening after meal.
  • Take 10 ml of Castor oil with 200ml of milk twice a week to clear the bowel.
  • A decoction of Harsringar, morning and evening is very useful.

 

Useful medicines-        

  • Trayodashang Guggulu
  • Shigru
  • Vatgajankush Ras
  • Maha Yograj Guggulu
  • Shalaki
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