Any type of age-related degeneration of the spine is termed as spondylosis. Degeneration affecting the neck is known as cervical spondylosis, that affecting the middle back is known as thoracic spondylosis and that affecting the lower back is known as lumbar spondylosis.
Spondylosis occurs as the disks in our spine dehydrate and shrink due to age and normal wear and tear. Consequently bone spurs develop along the spine. Bone spurs are the first signs of osteoarthritis and are basically bony projections along the edges of the spinal bones. Cervical and lumbar spondylosis are very common and can be expected to worsen with age. More than 85 percent of people above 60 worldwide are affected by spondylosis.
This condition’s treatment mainly deals with alleviating pain and minimizing the effect of symptoms on a patient’s daily life. Pain relievers, muscle relaxants, physiotherapy, and acupuncture can be used to manage pain and prevent permanent injury to the spine. Sometimes surgery may be performed to create space between the spinal cord and the affected nerve roots.
In most cases spondylosis does not cause noticeable symptoms. However when they do occur, symptoms may include:
• Pain and stiffness in the neck
• Spondylosis sometimes causes narrowing of the spinal column. Thus the nerve roots
that pass through the spine may get pinched causing numbness, tingling, and weakness in the extremities
• Lack of coordination
• Difficulty in walking
• Loss of bladder or bowel control
At the onset of any such symptoms, medical attention should be sought immediately. Check out Royal Sundaram's health insurance plans available with provisions such as pre- and post-hospitalization expenses, lifetime renewal, and much more. Covering medical costs for a condition such as cervical / lumbar spondylosis can be accomplished with Royal Sundaram health insurance for cervical / lumbar spondylosis
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