A vast majority of older Americans experience spinal spondylosis as they age, though the nature of symptoms ranges from none at all to very severe. This condition arises from the consistent wear and tear on the spine’s cartilage and vertebrae, causing discs to degrade. It can affect all parts of the back, but is most common in the cervical spine (neck). Symptoms include everything from back and neck pain, to headaches, loss of mobility, pain radiating down the extremities, and loss of balance.
Though you’re likely to experience spondylosis in your golden years, you don’t have to sit back and suffer its effects. There’s no cure, but a combination of chiropractic care with everyday maintenance has been proven effective in reducing the most-harmful effects of spondylosis.
Trust the professional team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC to put you on the road to wellness if you’re living with spondylosis. Using a tailored approach, we’ll strive to show you your options for living pain free, with special emphasis on maintaining overall spine health.
How to fight back against spondylosis
There are a number of everyday ways you can combat pain linked to spondylosis. Some more effective than others, and a chiropractor could be instrumental in helping you find what works for you.
- Regular exercise: Here’s a low-cost (or free) way to do your spine a favor. Regular, low-impact exercise, like walking, swimming, or yoga, is a great way to improve blood flow and strengthen muscles. If you have mobility issues, simple stretching can also provide benefit. A chiropractor can help you discern the areas of your spine most at-risk and work to coordinate an exercise plan around the needs of your spine.
- Hot and cold packs: Another low-cost way to temporarily ease the pain is through the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This will help with sore joints and muscles, particularly in your low back. Heating pads and cooling packs can alleviate inflammation in your lumbar or cervical spine, enabling you to live comfortably day-to-day.
- Medication: Many people’s first way of treating pain is to take a pill. While the occasional painkiller isn’t problematic, consistently relying on pain meds isn’t the best solution. Becoming dependent on pain medication means you need to take more pills to achieve the same result. You also become more likely to suffer harmful side effects.
Chiropractic solutions to daily living
Let’s also not forget about the benefits of chiropractic. Adjustments can be an effective, conservative way to address spondylosis and spinal ailments that can arise because of it. Through spinal manipulation, a chiropractor can reset out of place vertebrae that are liable to wreak havoc on your health. The goal is to reduce joint pain and inflammation in an effort to improve mobility.
Sufferers of spondylosis may think they just have to live with the pain, but through chiropractic and common-sense lifestyle changes, it may be possible to manage pain and improve wellness. The experienced team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC uses tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to give patients the best shot at living normally with spondylosis. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your options for dealing with this condition.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.