Many of the people might not have the exact knowledge about the diseases relating to the spinal cord.
However, most of these diseases are pretty severe as well.
If they are not treated, you would not be able to live a normal life.
That is why, when it comes to diseases of the spinal cord, it is important for you to know the symptoms of them into consult a doctor as soon as you detect the symptoms.
Today we would be speaking about one such disease which is known as disc osteophyte complex.
As we stated above, here today talking about the diseases which are related to the spinal cord.
Disc osteophyte complex is also related to the spinal cord and we would be going into the details of this below.
What is disc osteophyte complex?
Disc osteophyte complex as the condition which occurs when one or more vertebra of the spinal cord impacted by osteophyte.
Osteophyte’s are also known as the bone spurs in layman language.
As the body ages, the spinal chord sequence more and more.
The weakening of the spinal cord can also be due to the degenerative ailments are due to obesity or due to an accident as well.
When the spinal cord is trying to grow more vertebra in order to balance the flexibility of the body and in order to strengthen the spinal cord, the condition is known as osteophytes.
In most of the cases, when the body tries to grow more bones in the spinal cord, there would be no pain or any other such problem as well.
However, when the sport growth is starting to interfere with the nerves which are passing through the spinal cord, you would be facing a lot of problems as well.
This is when you start feeling the pain as well.
We would be discussing about the symptoms of disc osteophyte complex is below.
Symptoms of disc osteophyte complex:
1. Continuous pain in the back:
as the nerves are under stress, there would be continuous pain in the back.
2. Loss of muscle function:
due to the energy being drained out of the muscle, you would experience a loss of muscle function as well and you would also experience muscle weakness as well.
3. Random tingling sensation:
since the nerves also carry the sensation signal to the brain, if they are compressed, the signals would not be transmitted to the brain properly which can result in the feeling of a tingling sensation as well.
4. Improper blood flow to various parts of the body:
as the signals through the nerves are not reaching the brain, there can be in proper
blood flow to various parts of the body as well which would result in numbness.
These are the most common symptoms of disc osteophyte complex.
Treatments for disc osteophyte complex:
Once the doctor have determined that the problem which you are suffering from is the disc osteophyte complex, they would be choosing the treatment accordingly as well.
unless and until the problem is not reached a serious stage, the doctors would not be recommending going for the surgery.
They would be telling you a few back exercises which would ensure that the osteophytes are not interfering with the nerve function and this would ensure that there is no pain in the body as well.
You have to conduct these exercises in the presence of the physiotherapy so that you can be sure that the exercises are helping your back rather than inhibiting the pain. Only when the exercises are putting the pressure in the right points, you can be sure that they would be able to free up the nerves well.
2. Reducing the pain:
the doctors can also advise you the painkillers as well in order to ensure that you are able to eliminate the pain of the disc osteophyte complex as well.
However, the painkillers are only a temporary solution as they would not be sorting out this problem but they would be just providing you the relief from the pain.
3. Anti-inflammation medicines:
the doctors can also help you with the anti-inflammation medicines which would ensure that the selling of the muscles around the spinal cord is reduced as well so that the nerve function can be carried out properly as well.
During the initial stages of disc osteophyte complex, most of the doctors would be recommending you only these 3 type of treatments and not the surgery.
However, when the symptoms are lasting for a period which is greater than 3 months, then the problem becomes more chronic as well.
In such a case, the doctors would be having no other option but to advise the surgery for you.
4. Surgery for disc osteophyte complex:
even though the surgery would be done in a shorter period of time but the hospitalisation period is pretty long as well and after that also, you would have to rest for a longer period of time so that there is no excessive pressure on the spinal cord as well.
Also, in such a case you have to look into your medical insurance in order to find out whether it is covered under it or not. In most of the medical insurance policies, the surgery for the disc osteophyte complex is not covered.
Therefore, if you’re being advised the surgery, you can be sure that it would at least take you a few weeks to get back to normal after the surgery as well.
The doctors would often be recommending you the surgery only as a last resort as well rather than the 1st solution.
Therefore, if you’re suffering from the disc osteophyte complex, you need not worry because there is a definite solution for the problem but if you’re able to detect the symptoms at earliest it, you can be sure that you would be able to opt for a nonsurgical solution as well which would ensure that it becomes very easy for you to recover and lead a normal life after the treatment as well.