Age is the primary contributor to many spinal conditions. This is because of the strain that comes after decades of wear and tear. The most damaging age-related spinal condition is spondylosis/arthritis of the vertebrae. This can lead to everything from herniated discs to vertebral fractures. Spondylosis increases the risk for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. This condition involves spinal cord compression, placing increased strain on the nerves, discs and supporting soft tissue/s. A chiropractor will work with senior patients on all levels. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic will offer recommendations and educate the individuals on the effects of the condition and prevent and safeguard them.
Signs and Symptoms cervical spondylotic myelopathy
The slow compression of the spine brought on by spondylosis generates the onset of numerous symptoms. Seniors should have a general understanding of these symptoms and be able to recognize them if they present.
- Numbness in the fingers and toes
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Instability symptoms
- General neck pain
- Discomfort at the base of the neck
- Referred pain in different areas of the body like the legs
An individual with preexisting spinal conditions has an increased risk of developing cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Conditions that further devolve from spondylosis include:
- Herniated discs
- Disc degeneration
- Disc inflammation
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is triggered by a traumatic event or an underlying condition.
- The first and most common is trauma.
- Slip and fall accidents can cause damage to the cervical spine that takes longer to heal.
- The stress further compresses the vertebrae because of the body’s need to support itself.
- Trauma tends to affect muscles and ligaments. This weakens the overall support of the spine.
- Arthritis is another catalyst for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
- This autoimmune condition can affect the facet joints, causing instability that leads to compression.
Most senior individuals are aware and understand the increased risk of accidents and injury/s. A chiropractor will take the time to inform them and focus on helping the individual address specific conditions they have or have an increased risk of acquiring. Individuals with spondylosis or those at-risk should consider a chiropractic treatment plan that involves decompression techniques and strength training of the core muscles. Combined with regular adjustments and wellness examinations will provide a solid foundation for avoiding the effects of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
Vitamin D Keeps You on Your Feet
Falls are a primary cause of injury/s for older adults. Low vitamin D levels can be a contributor to weakened bones. There is a strong correlation that vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of falls in older adults. This has to do with the effects on muscle strength and function. Daily vitamin D plus calcium supplementation improves quadriceps strength, postural control, and regular functions, like standing and walking. Supplements help counter the effects of aging and inactivity on the muscles and are important in preventing potential fall/s that could result in injury. The benefit of supplementing is noticeable in individuals with a history of falls, improvements in muscle strength, function, and an increase in strength and functional performance.
The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.
We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.
Etheridge J, Kalantar SB. The pathophysiology and biological mechanisms of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Semin Spine Surg. 2014;26:62-67.