Revolutionary Treatment for Osteoarthritis / Spondylosis
What is Osteoarthritis / Spondylosis?
“Arthritis” is used for describing many different diseases that cause pain, tenderness, joint stiffness, and swelling and eventually loss of normal structure and function. Most forms of arthritis can occur in any joint, including spine. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by the cartilage around the joint wearing out and causing the bones in the joint to rub together, creating inflammation and pain.
The terms spondylosis or degenerative joint disease are used interchangeably with osteoarthritis. Spondylosis may affect the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), or lumbar (low back) regions of the spine. Although aging is the primary cause, the location and rate of degeneration is individual. It generally occurs much later in life but can even start from the age of 30.
What causes Osteoarthritis / Spondylosis?
When more severe osteoarthritis/spondylosis occurs, the intervertebral discs degenerate and become unstable. The spine tries to stabilize this by forming bone which is called spondylotic hook formation. This, in turn, causes narrowing at the back of the spinal cord canal, which can cause the spinal cord to contract. This bone growth can also narrow the opening through which the peripheral nerve has to go outside (recesus stenosis thus causing the nerve to get stuck in a certain position or posture due to osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Spondylosis
Spinal arthritis causes low back pain and stiffness, that normally is worst upon waking up in the morning, tends to ease up with activity, but worsens in the end of the day. Presumably, this is because fluid has built up in the joint due to inactivity overnight, which causes more swelling. The pain is generally in the back, runs into the buttocks, and often feels like it is in the hip. When the pain gets worse patients often report a burning sensation on the outer thigh, and sometimes pain down the leg which can be confused with nerve root pain.
Treatment of Spondylosis
The latest medical guidelines strongly recommend exercise therapy as the first-line treatment for musculoskeletal disorders. The best defense against the disorders in the back is a healthy, strong, and flexible spine.
The Nordic Health physical therapist measures the spine using our proprietary medical equipment with strength, mobility, and strength-balance testing functionality. The results are compared against the normative values of a healthy spine considering the age, sex, height, and weight of the patient. Based on this information we will develop an individualized treatment plan to exercise the spinal core muscles. We have consistently been able to deliver great clinical outcomes with significantly increased mobility, endurance, and strength levels to help improve the patient’s daily life.
Are you looking for a suitable osteoarthritis or spondylosis specialist?
Nordic Health Spine+Ortho is a clinic-based, physician-driven, patient-centric treatment program for those with spine and orthopedic pain:
- Back, neck, shoulder, hip, and knee pain
- Sudden onset of pain
- First-time episodes of pain
- A history of chronic pain and/or decreased function
- Post-surgical patients (requires a surgeon’s approval)