Arthrosis of the spine - Description and treatment

Do you feel pain in your back while moving or resting? One of the possible causes may be arthrosis of the spine. Arthrosis limits mobility, the spine is stiff and one has trouble moving in the morning or after a period of inactivity.

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Arthrosis of the spine - description, treatment
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Characteristics of Arthrosis of the Spine and its Causes

Arthroses are one of the most common diseases of the movement apparatus. Arthrosis of the spine is a serious form of this disease and can lead to paralysis.

There are degenerative changes to the vertebrae and intervertebral discs, possibly with compression to the radicular nerves.

Among arthrotic disease of the spine are:

  • spondyloarthrosis – a degenerative disease of intervertebral joints,
  • spondylosis – a degenerative disease of the vertebral body.

Spondyloarthrosis is accompanied by growth of osteophytes on intervertebral joints. There is limited mobility of the spine due to these changes and compression to the spinal root.  This compression results in radicular pain.

Spondylosis leads to degenerative changes in vertebral bodies and to growth of osteophytes. These osteophytes can grow to a size where two vertebrae can be fused together so that that segment of the spine is immobilised. Radicular pain tends to shoot along the nerve.

The pain is severe, and at the beginning, it manifests after exertion. In later stages of the disease, the pain manifests even while resting.

The cause of arthrosis of the spine is not proven.

Factors contributing to progress of the disease:

  • excess strain on the spine caused by sport activity or particular jobs,
  • injuries causing damage to the vertebrae,
  • some metabolic disorders,
  • chronic alcoholism (ethylism),
  • smoking.

Arthrosis of the Spine Treatment – Rid yourself of the Pain

Conservative treatment through rehabilitation and physical therapy should be commenced first. Spa treatment is recommended as well.

The goal of the treatment is to mitigate some of the symptoms – mainly pain and swelling. It also promotes mobility of the affected joints and decelerates progression of the disease.

  • Ethylism – chronic alcoholism.
  • Spondyloarthrosis – a degenerative disease of intervertebral joints.
  • Spondylsis – a degenerative disease of vertebral bodies.
  • Osteophyte – a bony protrusion.

A wide range of methods is used –massages, baths, local application of cold – cryotherapy, electric current therapy, and magnetic field therapy.

Relief from acute pain is brought by analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs (paracetamol, cyklooxygenase inhibitors, non-specific anti-inflammatory drugs – Ibuprofen, Diclofenac and others). These drugs supress pain and inflammation. However, it is not advisable to use these drugs long-term.

Food supplements like glukosamin, chondroitin sulphate or hyaluronic acid are recommended.

Surgical intervention is often needed in advanced stages of the disease.

The ideal precautionary measure of arthrosis is weight reduction along with regular and appropriate physical activity. Sufficient physical activity strengthens muscles and stabilises joints.

Within the rehabilitation treatment low-frequency pulsed magnetic therapy has its place in treating some symptoms of arthrosis of the spine as it utilises the analgesic, anti-swelling and healing effects with the support of anti-inflammatory effect. It improves mobility of affected joints and brings general relief.

Home applications are a huge convenience which allows the patient to continue intensive rehabilitation at home, out of hospital facilities.

The ability to start treatment early in a new flare-up of the disease is yet another benefit.

Patented 3D Biomag pulsed therapy. How does it work?

The basic principle of 3D Biomag magnetic therapy is generating electromagnetic pulses. The generated pulses can penetrate through layers of clothing and even body tissues to the place of application. These pulses have specially developed biotropic parameters (e.g. frequency, profile, intensity), thanks to which the pulsed magnetotherapy affects various health conditions.

The term pulse magnetic therapy is most commonly used for physiotherapy using the principle of electromagnetic pulses. The abbreviation PEMF is used in order to be concise.

Patented 3D Biomag technology ensures more precise and uninterrupted pulse profiles, enhances output, and allows pulses to come from various angles.

Pulsed magnetic therapy is not meant to treat arthrosis of the spine itself. Such treatment can only be recommended by a physician. Magnetic therapy application is used on symptoms of arthrosis of the spine such as pain, swelling and inflammation.

Important information

Carefully read the user guide provided by the producer and consult a physician about your health before using any medical device.

Biomag® Lumina 3D-e is an active therapeutic device – a medical device for individual use or in combination with other medical treatment and devices as a supplemental therapy within a comprehensive treatment plan.

The goal of Biomag® low frequency pulsed magnetic field therapy is to utilise its biological effects on tissue in a way that helps mitigate some symptoms. These symptoms are primarily pain, swelling, spasms, and changes in microcirculation. It also promotes healing and mitigates those symptoms that can be influenced by these effects.

Physiological changes in tissue after application of Biomag® magnetic therapy occur due to pain mitigation and vasodilation of capillaries and precapillaries, which leads to the following treatment effects:

  • pain-relieving – analgesic, reduces pain
  • healing – promoting regeneration, anti-inflammatory
    and anti-rheumatic effects
  • anti-swelling – reduces swelling (oedema)
    myorelaxing – relaxes muscles
  • vasodilating – improves microcirculation in particular
  • metabolic-detoxifying – accelerates the elimination
    of toxins and metabolites

Intended for use on intact skin through a protective layer, e.g., disposable or other sanitary pads.

When using the Biomag® Lumina 3D-e device it is necessary to follow the Principles of safety operation together with Contraindications/Indications and use it in compliance with the specified environmental requirements. Basic safety information is shown on the device display as well.

Devices and applicators of Biomag pulsed magnetic therapy are not to be used with any of the following contraindications. Not respecting these contraindications can lead to damaged health of the patient and the device operator!

If unsure whether you understand the following list of contraindications and guidelines of safe operation of the device, use these contacts. You may prevent possible issues.

  • Pregnancy
  • Pacemaker
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Menstrual bleeding
  • Tumours
  • Severe sepsis
  • Fevers
  • Active Tuberculosis
  • Mycosis in the application area
  • Seizure disorders
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Adrenal gland hyperfunction
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland
  • Psychoses
  • Pain of unknown origin
  • Undetermined diagnosis
  • Contradiction to treatment recommended by a physician

If you own the AL16-LUM polarised light applicator, further contraindications are:

  • Shining directly in one’s eyes (applicable in case of applying polarised light)
  • With metabolic disorders, where skin becomes photosensitive and while using photostimulating substances (applicable in case of applying polarised light)

Side effects:
While applying treatment, special caution should be paid to patients with hypertension and        hypotension (or with predisposition to it).
Individual effects and using magnetic therapy need to be judged upon particular conditions and reactions of individual patients.

In case of unexpected reaction, immediately cease application! Proceeding with application is recommended only after seeing your attending physician based on the recommended course of action.

This list of contraindications is only general. Always heed list of contraindications in the updated version of the original guide. This guide was provided to you by the        producer along with your device.