Age is the primary contributor to many spinal conditions. This is because of the strain that comes after decades of wear and tear. The most damaging age-related spinal condition is spondylosis/arthritis of the vertebrae. This can lead to everything from herniated discs, to vertebral fractures. Spondylosis increases the risk for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. This condition involves the compression of the spinal cord, placing increased strain on the nerves, discs, and supporting soft tissue/s. A chiropractor will work with senior patients on all levels. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic will offer recommendations and educate the individuals on the effects of the condition and how to prevent and safeguard.
Signs and Symptoms cervical spondylotic myelopathy
The slow compression of the spine brought on by spondylosis generates the onset of numerous symptoms. Seniors should have a general understanding of these symptoms and be able to recognize them if they present.
An individual with preexisting spinal conditions has an increased risk of developing cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Conditions that further devolve from spondylosis include:
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is triggered by a traumatic event or an underlying condition.
The first and most common is trauma.
Slip and fall accidents can cause damage to the cervical spine that takes longer to heal.
The stress further compresses the vertebrae because of the body’s need to support itself.
Trauma tends to affect muscles and ligaments. This weakens the overall support of the spine.
Arthritis is another catalyst for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
This autoimmune condition can affect the facet joints, causing instability that leads to compression.
Most senior individuals are aware and understand the increased risk of accidents and injury/s. A chiropractor will take the time to inform them and focus on helping the individual address specific conditions they have or have an increased risk of acquiring. For individuals with spondylosis or those at-risk should consider a chiropractic treatment plan that involves decompression techniques, and strength training of the core muscles. Combined with regular adjustments and wellness examinations will provide a solid foundation for avoiding the effects of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
Vitamin D Keeps You on Your Feet
Falls are a primary cause of injury/s for older adults. Low vitamin D levels can be a contributor to weakened bones. There is a strong correlation that vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of falls in older adults. This has to do with the effects on muscle strength and function. Daily vitamin D plus calcium supplementation improves quadriceps strength, postural control, and regular functions, like standing, and walking. Supplements help counter the effects of aging and inactivity on the muscles and are important in the prevention of potential fall/s that could result in injury. The benefit of supplementing is noticeable in individuals that have a history of falls along with improvements in muscle strength, function, and an increase in strength, and functional performance.
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Etheridge J, Kalantar SB. The pathophysiology and biological mechanisms of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Semin Spine Surg. 2014;26:62-67.