Question: I have Spondylosis. Sometimes, my backbone seems to crack. What should I do?
Spondylosis is more of a descriptive term than it is a clinical diagnosis. Literally it can be translated to mean that one has both pain and spine degeneration, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the degeneration is occurring. It could be spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease or facet joint osteoarthritis that causes the pain. Physicians then usually use more specific terms for the diagnosis (such as osteoarthritis, lumbar degenerative disc disease or cervical degenerative disc disease, or lumbar spinal stenosis or cervical spinal stenosis) because those terms more effectively describe what is causing the pain.
There are some activities that you need to avoid to lessen your pain symptoms and these are heavy weight lifting, twisting movements and high-impact activities. What you want to focus more on are strengthening the core muscles and stretching those tight areas around your lower back. Exercises like pelvic tilt, dead bug, partial sit ups, quadruped arm and leg raises, gluteal stretch, double knee to chest, etc. can help relieve the pressure off your back. .
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