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Lumbar Spondylosis is a degenerative condition of the vertebrae which results in the narrowing of the space between adjacent vertebras which may further lead to the compression of the nerve fibers. Lumbar spondylosis is the term given to normal wear and tear of the lumbar (lower back) spinal discs. As we age, spinal discs lose moisture and shrink, bone spurs develop, and bones because weaker. Lumbar Spondylosis is an important clinical, social, economic, and public health problem affecting the population worldwide.

Common Causes

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  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Spine abnormalities
  • Arthritis of the spine

Common Symptoms

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  • Intermittent back pain that may radiate to the extremities
  • Joint or muscular stiffness upon awakening
  • Muscle weakness and/or tingling in the back, buttocks, legs, and other affected areas
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in the affected areas
  • Tenderness in the area of nerve compression
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control

Ayurvedic View

Katigraha mentioned in Ayurveda can be correlated with Lumbar spondylosis due to the similarity of clinical manifestations. Katigraha is a condition where the lower back region is afflicted with Vitiated Vata and presents with symptoms such as pain with stiffness. According to the Ayurveda, Shoola (pain) occurs due to the vitiation of Vata Dosha. Vata Dosha is vitiated by Srotas Awarodata (obstructions of channels) and Dhathu Kshaya (depletion of tissues/malnutrition). In Kati Shoola Apana Vata is mainly involved. So, the treatment aims to pacify vitiated Vata Dosha, especially Apana Vata.  Lumbar spondylosis was treated with samanya chikitsa of vata vyadhi i.e.Abhyangam, Swedanam, Vasthi ,Kati Vasthi, Kati Dhara, Podi Kizhi, Ila Kizhi, Thaila Dhara, Njavara kizhi, etc.

At Samwarthika Ayurveda Hospital, an effort is taken to manage the Katigraham by panchakarma therapies along with Samana chikitsa. This treatment helps to relax the muscles, relieve inflammation to the nerves and surrounding tissues, healing the damage to the nerves, and in strengthening the nerves and muscles. Our experienced Doctors initially evaluate each patient according to the condition and primary dosha imbalances. The treatment is personalized on individual body types. We also recommended a balanced diet and lifestyle changes as it is vital for the recovery of the disease.