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The term spondylosis refers to a condition in which pain along the whole length of the spine or at specific levels is a prominent symptom.
The spine is a curved structure and contains 24 vertebrae in total at the neck, upper and lower back, and sacral levels. The re is a soft structure called a disc placed in between the vertebrae. As person ages or due to other factors that cause wear and tear of the joints, the discs become drier, thinner, and harder, and they lose some of their cushioning ability. The disc may protrude out and press on the surrounding nerves. The joint surfaces rub against each other and result in bone spurs. This makes the spine lose its flexibility.
Spondylosis of the neck is referred to as Greevagraham and that of the lower spine is Kadeegraham. The disease is caused due to aggravation of Vata dosha in the body because of internal and external factors which trigger the inflammatory process in the body. This hinders the metabolic functions and tissue nutrition resulting in pathological changes in bones/joints of specific areas leading to spondylosis changes.
The nature and intensity of symptoms depend upon the degree of degeneration and wasting of joints and discs and the extent of compression on the nerve roots. Patients usually present with complaints of stiffness of the neck and or lower back, pain, numbness of hands /legs, tingling sensations along the nerve course, muscle spasms, and pains.
As the protrusion of bulged disc over nerves progresses and with more bone spurs causing compression on the spinal cord, the intensity of symptoms also increases.This result in radiculopathy and myelopathy with more intense symptoms like dizziness, weakness of hands and legs, loss of balance while walking, loss of bladder and bowel control, etc.
Treatment in the early stages focuses on breaking the pathogenesis of disease and completely restoring flexibility and mobility of the spine by regulating the vata dosha, removing toxins (ama) through bio purification, and strengthening the bones and soft tissues of the area. Various internal and external therapies along with diet and lifestyle corrections are done to achieve this and arrest the progression of the disease.
Late stages of spondylosis with more bone degeneration, disc bulge, and nerve root compression require follow-up treatments to correct the underlying pathology along with symptomatic management of pain and stiffness, diet and lifestyle modifications, exercises, physiotherapy, etc. This helps in better control of the disease and improves the quality of life and minimizes its impact on activities of daily living.
AyurVAID has pioneered evidence-based, award-winning Precision Ayurveda-based protocols for spondylosis treatment. Following the fundamental principles of Ayurveda, our physicians perform an in-depth assessment of the key symptoms and health factors of each patient to diagnose the root causes around your diet, individual constitution, lifestyle, work pattern, and genetic predisposition.
Based on the assessment, we arrive at the optimal Ayurveda Spondylosis treatment protocol for Samprapti Vikhatan or breaking the etiopathogenesis, considering the extent of disease progression, risk factors, your constitution (Prakriti), and the disease prognosis. This approach bridges the gap between the patient’s individualistic factors and the standard treatment protocols thereby making the therapy effective and safe.
Patient centricity is at the core of the AyurVAID approach, and we have been widely recognized for our breakthrough approach. Some of them include: