Lumbar spondylosis, also known as spinal osteoarthritis can be described as all degenerative conditions affecting the discs, vertebral bodies, and associated joints of the lumbar vertebrae. It narrows the space between spinal vertebrae and neural foramina and is commonly presented as low back pain. It affects approximately 60 to 85% of adults during some point in their lives, particularly after middle age.
As age progresses, the spinal discs lose moisture, shrink, narrow, bone spurs develop, and bones become weaker, leading to symptoms such as:
- Intermittent back pain that may even radiate to extremities.
- Joint or muscular stiffness upon awakening..
- Muscle weakness and/or tingling in the back, buttocks and legs.
- Numbness or loss of sensation in the affected areas..
Apart from aging, the other causes of lumbar spondylosis are: injury/ trauma, sitting for long time and repetitive use of body parts mainly due to job nature.
If the spondylosis is allowed to progress, it can lead to a narrowing of the spinal canal, resulting in impingement of the spinal cord, which can cause poor bladder control, unsteady gait, and other severe neurological problems.
According to Ayurveda, lumbar spondylosis can be correlated to kati vata (one of sandhigata vata). Ayurveda considers aggravation of vata dosha to be responsible for pain and degeneration of the lumbar spine.
Excessive exposure to cold atmosphere, intake of cold, dry, stale food, late night sleeping, intake of too much legumes, potatoes are some of the factors that aggravates vata dosha (a basic body element) band intern worsens lumbar pain.
According to Ayurveda, all the etiological factors lead to aggravation of vata which gets accumulated in trika pradesha (vertebral region) causing degeneration of the asthi (bones) and drying up the synovial fluid. This leads to symptoms such as low back pain, tingling and numbness which is known as lumbar spondylosis (kati vata).
Treatment in ayurveda for Lumbar spondylosis is to bring the vitiated vata dosha back to the state of equilibrium and thereby to the state of health.
The team of doctors in Kooplicat Ayurveda Hospital helps you achieve this through the use of herbal medicines and external therapies which effectively relaxes the muscles, relieves inflammation to the nerves and its surrounding tissues. We also provide treatments that nourish muscles and nerves thus rejuvenating the degenerated vertebral disc thereby preventing further degeneration. Apart from internal and external treatments diet and lifestyle modifications are also advised and certain yoga postures are also taught for a better quality of life.