Last updated:02-05-2009
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Definition and causes
Spondylose is an age-related degenerative disorder of the spine. Between each vertebra there is a cartilage disc (a disc), which will absorb pressure loads in the spine. With age, these cartilage slices inferior to absorb shock, and so burdened itself anterograde, moving forward more. This slider on the anterograde, moving forward, which responds by forming a thicker knoglelag on their surface. There may thus provide extra bone protrusion (osteofytter).
Symptoms of spondylose
Some people have no symptoms, although at an X-ray can see obvious changes similar to spondylose. Others have severe nuisance despite an almost normal X-ray. Often seen following symptoms:
  • Pain in the back
  • Reduced movement of the spine
  • Pain radiates from the arms or legs
  • Muscle soreness in the muscles around the spine
  • Sensory disturbances in the arms or legs
  • Difficulty in controlling the movement of the legs

Precautions and diagnosis
If, for some time have had any of these symptoms, you should go to his own doctor. The doctor will first examine the back and will then decide whether there is a need for an X-ray of the spine. An X-ray will be able to show that there is narrower between the vertebrae than usual. In addition, the new bone protrusion could be seen. There may also make a MRI, to see if there is the influence of nerves or the spinal cord.

Treatment of spondylose

  • Training of the spine: Completely normal exercise and rygstyrkende exercises have good effects on most. Hosp. you can go to a physiotherapist for getting a workout. Physiotherapists can also help with relaxation of the muscles that can be sore.
  • Medicine: You can take weak pain killer, for example. common headache pills. Many may benefit from taking pain killer into a period. Particularly good works the so-called non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as. ibuprofen. However, one should be careful not to take them if we have tendency to ulcers or acid regurgitation, or heartburn.
  • Operation: The very cases where the new bone protrusion was very large and touch nerves, it may be necessary to create more space for nerves by surgery.

Spondylose can often be improved with very easy handling, for example. exercise and rygøvelser. There is still talk about permanent changes, so that will never be healed from the state. You can prevent the condition develops further in the course of her back, which means to avoid sitting in the same position for too long and avoid rygbelastende work with heavy lifting and twisting of the spine. (See also How to protect the spine).

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