Degeneration of the spine can be caused by spondylosis, which is an inflammatory disease that bends the vertebrae over a period of time. The spine stiffens, which affects the function of the spine. The inflammation may cause osteophytes, which are bone bridges to form. The osteophytes can fuse joints which used to be flexible. How fast degeneration occurs depends on the individual, but aging is the principle cause. Spondylosis can affect the neck (cervical), the middle-back(thoracic), and the lower-back(lumbar) areas in the spine.
Specifically the lower back or lumbar area is mostly affected by sponsylosis in people who are past 40 years of age. Most of the weight of your body is carried by your lower spine and so certain movements bring pain and stiffness, the severity of which depends on how much degeneration has occurred. Often times stiffness and pain is reported in the back and buttocks in the morning after getting up. Movements that are commonly repeated, like bending and lifting can increase pain, as well as prolonged sitting as it puts pressure on the lower back.
More men than women are affected by spondylitis. It is recorded that 1 in 1,000 people contract it before they reach 40 years old. Males between the ages of 16 and 35 are the most common group to get it. Elderly men who have an advanced state of it will be permanently bent spine and have a severly stooped posture. Other symptoms that can occur are chest pain when inhaling, fatigue, weight loss and lack of flexibility.
Connections have been established between spondylitis and those with the gene marker HLA-B27, as well as a specific bacteria, which is called klebsiella bacteria. The bacteria mimics the cell pattern of the gene marker. A big part of the problem is that when the body's immune system starts to attack the bacteria it also attacks the body's own tissues because of the similarities between the two. This leads to inflammation and bacterial arthritis that is bacterially reactive.
The good news is that there are effective alternative therapies that can naturally treat the problem, that you can begin using as a supplement to conventional drugs and treatments. It is often possible to switch over to the non toxic treatment as time goes on.
The natural therapies utilize natural pain management, detoxification, cartilage rebuilding , autoimmune system desensitizing, and stabilization for spondylitis.
This article is informational only and is not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Regular visits and communication with your doctor on every facet of your treatment is encouraged.
Natural treatments can be very effective when used properly in treating anyklosing and lumbar spondylitis, as well as other forms of arthritis. Expert author, Diane Ellen gives up to date information helpful for arthritis sufferers at: http://beatarthritis.great-home-remedies.com