Lumbar spondylosis, often called “wear and tear” of the lower back, is a condition that many people encounter as they age. It involves changes in the spine, particularly the lumbar region, which is the lower part of your back.
But just how serious is lumbar spondylosis? In this article, we will delve into the details of this condition to help you understand its seriousness, symptoms, and management.
Lumbar spondylosis is a natural part of the aging process. Over time, the discs in your spine may lose some of their water content, causing them to shrink. As a result, the spaces between the vertebrae (the bones in your spine) may narrow, leading to various symptoms.
While lumbar spondylosis can cause significant discomfort and affect your quality of life, it is generally not considered as serious as some other spinal conditions like herniated discs or spinal fractures. These conditions often require more urgent medical intervention.
Physical therapy can be an effective way to manage lumbar spondylosis. A physical therapist can design a tailored exercise program to improve your strength and flexibility, reducing pain and discomfort.
In some cases, your healthcare provider may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or prescription medications to manage pain and inflammation.
Dr. Navin Tiwari