Spa therapy(Balneotherapy) for lumbar spine osteoarthritis

Posted by e-Medical PPT Saturday, September 4, 2010
Osteoarthritis of the spine (spondylosis) is a degenerative disease affecting the facet joints and the intervertebral discs.Osteoarthritis usually doesn't begin until after the age of 45 and is the most common after the of age 60, but may occur at any age. Spinal osteoarthritis can affect different areas of the spine.The locations can vary from person to person.The lower back is the most common location for back pain due to spinal osteoarthritis. This is not surprising since the lower back carries most of the weight of the body and is the area of the body that is subject to the most mechanical stress. Excess stress on the lower back can cause back muscle strain and irritate spinal joints already damaged by osteoarthritis.Advanced cases of spinal osteoarthriits may result in spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a compression of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots due to narrowing of the spinal canal. Inflammation may occur in advanced osteoarthritis, causing a narrowing of the spinal canal.
Balneotherapy is generally applied to everything relating to spa treatment, including the drinking of waters and the use of hot baths and natural vapor baths, as well as of the various kinds of mud and sand used for hot applications. Balneotherapy refers to the medical use of these spas, as opposed to recreational use. Common minerals found in spa waters are sodium, magnesium, calcium and iron, as well as arsenic, lithium, potassium, manganese, bromine, and iodine. All these may be contained in the peat that is commonly used in preparation of spa waters. Resorts may also add minerals or essential oils to naturally-occurring hot springs. Though balneotherapy commonly refers to mineral baths, the term may also apply to water treatments using regular hot or cold tap water.Mud-baths are also included in balneotherapy, and the dirt and water used to mix mud baths may also contain minerals which are thought to have beneficial properties.Balneotherapy may be recommended for wide range of illnesses, including arthritis,skin conditions and fibromyalgia.

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