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Lumbar Degenerative Joint Disease and Spondylosis
Lumbar Degenerative Joint Disease is primarily a combination of the results of normal wear and tear on the discs and joints of the spine and the results of increased stress from trauma on those joints and discs. The discs thin and the bones of the spine expand into the spaces causing less capability of movement. When combined with spondylosis (growth and change of shape of the vertebral bodies) regular symptoms of stiffness, aches and pains are usually experienced. This generally causes a breakdown of the normal mechanical function of the lower back and is characterized by the dull ache and occasional sharp, radiating pain in the lower back, buttocks, thigh and leg. Pain in usually increased in the morning and lessens during the day and then increases as the day wears on. The early stages of the condition rarely cause any symptoms. As the symptoms arise,
SUPPLEMENTATION: Glucoseamine Sulphate and Trace Minerals: These supplements have proven effective in long-term prevention of deterioration of joint tissues and the disc. This may help reduce the mechanical breakdown associated with three joint complex problems. Some OTC medications have been helpful in reducing the symptoms only.
HOME REMEDIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS: Utilize moist heat packs on the lower back for 10-20 minutes at a time. Hot tubs provide buoyancy are good on a daily basis at not more than 104 degrees F.
MAINTENANCE: Regular spinal adjustments and mild forms of physical therapy are important to reduce the symptoms on a regular basis. Patients who receive monthly spinal manipulation and therapy report fewer complications and improved life style. It is important that you follow your chiropractic physician's advice about the frequency of treatment for your particular condition. Follow our wellness recomendations for absolute health.
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