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How Physiotherapy Can Help
Spondylosis is a specific type of osteoarthritis of the joints in your spine bone, and it mainly affects the center of the spinal vertebrae and/or the
Differential diagnosis: if the same condition affects the zygapophysial joint instead,
it is considered a facet syndrome.
In severe cases of spondylosis, it may cause
additional pressure on nerve roots that run in the spine; this leads
to nerve-related problems such as
- tingling sensation
- numbness or
- weakness in the
affected side / limbs
If the space between the two spine bones (vertebraes) tightens/narrows, this can cause the compression of the nerve space, resulting in a term called
radiculopathy (patients may report experiencing a combination of sensory and motor disturbances,
such as moderate-severe pain in their neck, shoulder, arm, back, and/or leg,
as well as muscle weakness).
In a less common spondylosis condition,
direct pressure on the spinal cord (usually in the neck/cervical spine)
may result in myelopathy, and this may cause patients to experience generalized muscle weakness, difficulty walking, losing balance easily, and
sometimes has problem with controlling their bladder or bowel.
may also experience numbness and electrical sensation in the hands and
legs because of nerve compression and decreased blood flow.
Causes of Spondylosis
Frankly speaking, this condition can affect any
individuals of any age, but we note that usually older people are more prone to this condition
due to its nature of wear and tear predominantly (older people have been moving/standing/walking/running much more than us).
Diagnosis: There is several tests that can be done
test is performed by side flexing the patient's head and placing
downward pressure on it.
A positive Spurling's sign is neck or shoulder pain on theside to which the head is laterally
flexed is predictive/confirmation of cervical spondylosis.
- Lhermitte sign, refers to the feeling of electrical sensations or shocks with movements of neck flexion; reduced range of motion
of the neck, the most frequent objective finding on physical examination
- Imaging - MRI testing. This test is non-invasive and provides the only clear and definitive positive diagnosis.
Treatments For Spondylosis Physiotherapy
You'd be assured to know that conservative physiotherapy treatments of spondylosis is successful at least 75% of the time. This means that out of 100 patients treated for spondylosis, at least 75 of them will respond well to back and neck physiotherapy.
To add onto that, actually quite a number of patients' spondylosis-related pain and other spondylosis-related symptoms can be
effectively treated and managed without surgery.
During this phase, patients may be put on a course of
- pain medications/painkillers and
- muscle relaxants
to decrease the level of pain
In some cases, the affected structure may need to be
immobilized by a neck brace (there are soft types, and hard types), that helps to prevent external forces from causing
additional damage to the area ) direct or rotational.
For spondylosis in the lower back, patients may be prescribed a specific lumbosacral orthothic
device, which will help to decrease/offload the weight or load on your lower back by
stabilizing your lower back spine.
Spondylosis physiotherapy treatment sessions with our senior physiotherapists will include
- the assessment and treatment modalities including
- heat therapy to relax the muscle spasms and muscles
- ultrasound therapy to accelerate soft tissue healing
- gentle manipulation and mobilizations to loosen and glide the soft
tissues and joints
senior spine physiotherapists will also prepare a customized exercise program for you, aimed specificly to strengthen the muscles around
the injured area, so that you can
- have a "natural muscle brace"
- your back and neck is stronger naturally
- and you can decrease the need of the neck or back
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Phoenix Rehab physio Services
Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to
- accelerate recovery and
- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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