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What is Osteoarthritis - Lumbar Area

15.04.2016
This abstract outlines how to treat osteoarthritis when it affects the lumbar area of the body. In addition, it describes approaches for treating those who suffer from chronic osteoarthritis to achieve fast and effective pain relief.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is not only pain, it is an orthopedic disease. It affects the spine and, more specifically, intervertebral discs. With age, cartilages (discs) have worn out faster than new cartilage formed and elasticity decreased. The discs are getting flatter and the gaps between vertebrae diminishing.
Vertebra bone surfaces adjoin and begin to rub against each other. Worn articular cartilage cushions that separate the vertebrae cannot prevent inflammation in the surrounding areas. For example: Cervical (neck) osteoarthritis might lead to vascular nerve formation compression. The neck has numerous blood vessels and nerves, including the vertebral artery. Artery compression (stenosis) reduces the blood supply to the brain and spinal cord and eventually leads to a stroke.

How to Help Yourself to Stay Healthy and Active?

People suffering from osteoarthritis must do regular remedial exercises. No doubt, in remission stage bike or swimming exercise is the best. However, if you are in the acute stages of the disease, there is no substitute for remedial exercises.
The exercises improve your mobility and keep your muscles strong. Stretches help to reduce the spasm. Commonly, lumbar and cervical portions of the spine are the most affected areas, less frequently it occurs with the thoracic spine. Often enough, osteoarthritis is complicated with neurological conditions as a result of nerve ending pressing.

Lumbar Area Affected with Osteoarthritis - Acute Stage Exercises

Exercise 1
  • Lie down on your back with your arms in front of your chest
  • Take deep breathes in and stretch your arms as far as possible to the sides
  • Hold breath for 10 seconds. Breath out and return arms in front of your chest
  • Repeat 5 - 6 times
Exercise 2
  • Lie down on your back with your arms on the sides of your body
  • Breathe in and raise your arms up and to the sides
  • Breathe out and return arms to the side of your body
  • Repeat 4 - 6 times
Exercise 3
  • Lie down on your back with your arms down on the sides of the body
  • Take a deep breath in and bring up your legs, knees bent, to your chest
  • Breathe out and slowly return legs to the previous position
  • Repeat 5 - 10 times
Exercise 4
  • Lie down on your back with your arms on the bed or floor
  • Bring up the upper body without lifting your legs
  • Hold the position for 10 seconds and return to the starting position
  • Rest for 10 - 15 seconds and continue
  • Repeat 6 - 8 times
Exercise 5
  • Lie down on your back and bend your knee slowly
  • Turn the legs to the right and hold position for 5 - 10 seconds
  • Return to the central position and repeat to the left
  • Repeat 5 times for each side
  • Breathe in when turning legs to the right and left. Breathe out when returning to the central position

Chronic Lumbar Pain

Exercise 1
  • Lie down on your stomach with your arms on the sides of your body
  • Slowly raise one leg up - not too high but about 6 inches above the floor
  • Hold position for 5 - 10 seconds and repeat with the other leg
Exercise 2
  • Lie down on your back
  • Breathe in and bend your knees. With the help of your arm bring your legs to the stomach
  • Breathe out and relax your legs
  • Repeat 6 - 8 times
Exercise 3
  • Lie down on your back and bend your legs
  • Tighten your stomach muscles as hard as you can
  • Hold the position for 10 seconds and release
  • Repeat 10 - 15 times
Exercise 4
  • Lie down on your back with your legs straight
  • Place your arms on the sides and slowly bring one leg to the side
  • Keep your leg as close to the height of the bed as possible
  • Bring the leg back to the central position and repeat with the other leg
  • Repeat 4 times for each side


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