Spondylosis refers to the degenerative changes in the spine such as bone spurs and degenerating intervebral discs present between the vertebrae. Spondylosis can occur in the thoracic spine (upper and mid back), cervical spine (neck), or lumbar spine(lower back). Multilevel spondylosis means that these changes end up affecting multiple vertebrae in the spine. Spondylitis is the inflammation of more of more vertebrae (ankylosing spondylitis, for example), an inflammatory form of arthritis of the spine. This is a process different from spondylosis as spondylosis is degenerative, while spondylitis is inflammatory. Spondylitis usually starts in the joints between your spine and pelvis, but it might also spread up to your spine to your neck. It can also sometimes affect other parts of the body, including one’s joints, tendons, or eyes. Spondylitis varies from person to person, as with some people, the symptoms might be mild enough for them to forget that they have the condition, while with other people, if the symptoms are more serious, their quality of life can be severely affected.
For spondylosis, there is treatment that can reverse it as it is a degenerative process. The treatments for spondylosis usually aim towards the back pain and neck pain it can result in. Thus, the treatment methods for are similar to those of the treatment for back pain and neck pain. These include the following: Medications, physical therapy, exercise, adjunctive therapies, self-care, and minimally invasive procedures such as injections.
On the other hand, for spondylitis, there are numerous treatments which can assist in the easing of pain and stiffness. Painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the first option which most people go to, and is an option most people with this problem have to resort to. Secondly, physiotherapy is known to make a very big difference for spondylitis. A physiotherapist can compile a programme of exercises for the purpose of increasing your muscle strength and ensuring that your mobility in your spine and other joints is maintained. It is essential to ensure that your back and neck are exercise in order to prevent them from stiffening. A physiotherapist can provide advice regarding how good posture can be maintained, and might also end up offering hydrotherapy: special exercises in a warm water pool. Many people with spondylitis find this therapy very useful.
To manage spondylitis, there are numerous self-help measures that people can take on their own by taking care of the following aspects: Exercise, diet, smoking, posture, and feet and footwear. Pilates, yoga, and t’ai chi can be very helpful for people with spondylitis as they improve posture, flexibility, and core strength. Swimming is also very good for this purpose, as it can work all of your muscles and joints without jarring them. For spondylosis, physical exercise on a regular basis, particularly walking and yoga have been known for being beneficial in dealing with chronic back pain. Chiropractic spinal manipulation has also been known for being helpful to some individuals, especially within the first month of pain.
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