Rehabilitation Exercises for Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis

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The current article is an important one that informs us about different rehabilitation exercises for Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis.

What is Spondylosis

Spondylosis is the term used to describe the general degeneration of the spine that can affect the spine’s joints, discs, and bones as we become older. All degenerative disorders affecting the lumbar spine’s discs, vertebral bodies, and/or related joints may be collectively referred to as spondylosis. 

Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis
Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis by  Wikimedia Commons

What are the symptoms of Spondylosis?

Different spondylosis sufferers experience different kinds of symptoms. However, the following signs and symptoms are the most typical ones.

Stiffness

One of the main symptoms of spondylosis that patients experience is stiffness. This occurs frequently after periods of inactivity or rest, such as when you awaken following a period of rest or sleep.

Numbness

This is an additional symptom that all spondylosis sufferers experience. Loss of sensation or feeling in a physical part is referred to as numbness.

Tingling or needles-like sensation

The tingling or pins-and-needles sensation that travels down the arms or legs is another sign of this condition. Depending on the damaged area, this sensation begins in the upper part of the spinal column and extends to the lower part of the legs or arms.

Failure of the motion range of body parts

Affected range of motion in affected joints is another indication of failure of motion range of body parts. This indicates that the joints are less mobile and cover less space than they did before the sickness.

Pain

The pain experienced is the worst symptom. A bulging or ruptured disc that impinges or pinches a spinal nerve due to disc degeneration can cause pain. Neck pain that travels down into the shoulder, arm, and hand can be caused by pinched nerves in the neck. Similar to how buttock pain and sciatica, a kind of nerve-related leg pain, can occur if the low back is afflicted.

Spondylosis can damage the lumbar region of the human body just like it can other parts of the body. This is painful and disrupts our normal activities. All ages may experience this. Different diseases affect people at different ages throughout their lives. Disease frequency also increases with age. This is the reason that most elderly people suffer from the lumbar spine and other diseases, such as lumbar disc herniation and lumbar spinal stenosis. Long-term lumber spondylosis has the potential to develop into a serious condition known as chronic lumbar spondylosis. Thus, it is important to treat chronic lumbar spondylosis as soon as possible to stop it from progressing to a more severe stage. Proper lumbar exercise can help elderly adults with chronic lumbar spondylosis manage their condition and slow the disease’s progression.

Examination for Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis

 (i). Spine examination for the presence of disease

The spine may be generally examined for the presence of illness with the following process.

  • The entire spine must examine
  • It causes swelling so it is very important to look for swellings or scars in different parts of the spine.
  • The spine must examine for the presence of scoliosis, kyphosis, loss of lumbar lordosis or hyperlordosis. 

(ii). Palpation

When a body part is physically examined for signs of illness, the term “palpation” refers to the use of the hand or fingers to feel the area. Palpation can also be used to diagnose spondylolysis.

  • Palpation to check for soft tissue and bone soreness.
  • Check your abdomen for any masses, and think about having a rectal check to rule out any abnormalities in this area.

(iii). Movement

As has already been mentioned, this condition also affects movement. To rule out these joints as the source of the symptoms, an examination of the spine must also involve a check of the shoulders and hips.

(iv). Neurovascular examination

One of the examination processes is looking at the neurovascular system. Examining the body’s sensibility and responses should be done during this type of examination. Examine all peripheral pulses as well.

Diagnoses of Lumbar Spondylosis

The diagnosis of lumbar spondylosis is often made using the patient’s medical history, physical examination, and imaging testing. For this purpose, various diagnostic procedures are used. X-rays are used in the diagnosis process and may be useful in determining the severity of an illness. Magnetic resonance imaging is an additional test (MRI). Strong magnetic fields and radio waves are used in MRI scans to create precise images of the inside of the body. By examining the spinal vergence, an MRI can be utilised to find disc issues. A different procedure is a CT scan (CT Scan). A CT scan is a diagnostic imaging process that creates images of the inside of the body using a combination of X-rays and computer technologies. The spinal canal, bones, and joints of many body areas are examined with CT.

Physical Therapy Management for Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis

The patient’s physical therapy management is the most crucial strategy for disease control. Education of the patient, including evaluations of various body parts and recommendations for various exercise styles, is of utmost importance. Various workout styles could aid in the management of the disease.

Rehabilitation Exercises for Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis
Rehabilitation Exercises for Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis

Here are a few quick and easy exercises to help you tone your waist. Depending on their physical characteristics, patients can select one or two different exercise types each time. Alternatively, if they exercise consistently over an extended period, the majority of them will get the desired outcomes.

(i). Suspension method

To conduct workouts of this type, hang from door frames or other horizontal bars. To achieve the goal of pulling, the technique entails relaxing the lower limbs and waist while hanging. When exercising, the movements must be moderate and light, and the amount of exercise should be progressively increased.

Exercise with the suspension method safety precautions

The best course of action is to let family members assist in protecting them. The movements should be soft, up and down slowly.

(ii). Stretching the waist

A person can choose a waist-stretching exercise if hanging exercises are not suitable for them. The technique involves placing your feet shoulder-width apart, relaxing your entire body, and taking a calm, deep breath through your nose while slowly raising your arms. Stretch your waist as far as it will go while raising your arms above your head and looking up at the sky. Next, take a little pause before softly exhaling through your mouth and lowering your arms. Once in the morning and once in the evening, this is repeated 36 times total.

Precaution during waist stretching method

Once you become used to it, you should gradually increase the amount of force you employ.

(iii). Backward walking method

This is a different technique for walking backwards; pick a flat, secure area for your backwards stroll. The technique is to keep your chest and abdomen out while walking, look directly ahead, naturally wave your hands back and forth, and try not to swivel your head too much. To be gradual, each session lasts about 15 minutes and might occur twice a day.

Precaution during backward walking method

To control the speed, be careful to fall. Those with poor balance should not use this method.

(iv). Squatting method

Spread your feet shoulder-width apart, raise your hands in the air, and slowly squat down with your heels raised and your toes on the floor. The squat need to be in position. When practising squatting for the first time, you can half squat while holding the wall or other objects, and then progressively increase the number of times you squat. Do 36 squats twice a day, each time.

Squatting technique safety precautions

Slowly squat to avoid falling. You can squat shallowly at first and then squat deeper if you have trouble getting started. However, acute attacks like lumbar disc herniation should not be treated with this exercise technique.

Rehabilitation Exercises for Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis

The present article, rehabilitation exercises for Chronic Lumbar Spondylosis, written by M. Ali, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, Pakistan published here at healthy life, with all credit to healthy life.

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