Osteoarthritis / Spondylosis
Osteoarthritis / Spondylosis can both be due to the normal ageing process of a joint.
Osteoarthritis is caused by deterioration of the cartilage within the joint. This in turn narrows the normal space between the articulating bones, and is often accompanied by an excess growth of peripheral bone (osteophytes) around the joint. The joint then becomes stiffer and often more painful to move. In some people the wearing of the joint is far worse, which may be hereditary, a direct result of a severe injury (fracture or break) or surgery performed many years previously.
Spondylosis is primarily a deterioration of the discs, either in the lumbar, thoracic or cervical spine. This can also cause stiffness and pain as the shock-absorption ability of the spine deteriorates. Spaces between the vetebrae are narrowed and this in turn may irritate or ‘trap nerves’. This change in the discs can put more pressure on the facet joints, which can then deteriorate and cause stiffness and pain.
Both these conditions can be helped enormously with mobilisation, manipulation, traction and a tailored home exercise programme.
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