Spondylosis is a disease of the vertebral bodies and the intervertebral discs. In the currently valid international statistical classification ICD-10, it is listed under the code M47. This degenerative disease, which was first mentioned around 1900, is most common in people over 65 years of age. With increasing age, the intervertebral discs inevitably become drier, they dehydrate, become smaller and can therefore less and less maintain their buffer function between the vertebral bodies. Spondylosis can occur in all sections of the spine, depending on where the wear takes place. The disease is curable only in rare cases, but it is usually very easy to treat. We offer a gentle healing method in the Saxon State Spas. Bath and drinking treatments with water containing radon will noticeably alleviate your symptoms.


What is spondylosis?

The Latin technical term for spondylosis is spondylosis deformans and is a collective term for degenerative, wear-related changes to the vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs. These are visible in X-ray or MRT images as bone changes such as serrations, spurs or marginal bulges. Mostly older people over 65 are affected, because with increasing age the discs between the vertebral bodies inevitably wear out and lose volume. But spondylosis can also occur in young people. Overweight, little exercise, poor posture, excessive physical strain, diabetes and other risk factors play a role.

The area of the cervical and lumbar spine is usually affected. From around the age of 40, the intervertebral discs become steadily drier and lose volume, which leads to a loss of the buffer function. The cervical and lumbar spine are generally subject to greater stress than other parts of the spine. It is assumed that this is why spondylosis is most common in these two areas.

What are the symptoms of spondylosis?

Spondylosis is characterised by a usually very gradual process. As a result, the disease is detected at a very late stage, as back or neck pain in the early stages is usually explained by tension.

The following symptoms of spondylosis manifest themselves in varying degrees and combinations:

  • Neck pain and/or back pain over a long period of time
  • Low back pain / pain in the area of the lumbar spine
  • Pain radiating into the arms, shoulders or legs
  • Tingling and numbness down to the legs
  • Affected regions are less sensitive to touch
  • Increasing restriction of movement
  • Unpleasantly tense muscles
  • Symptoms of paralysis
  • Symptoms of weakness that are not of muscular origin

It should be noted that the symptoms do not primarily occur during periods of stress, but mostly during periods of rest. With spondylosis, physical resilience decreases significantly and a vicious circle begins, as those affected increasingly adopt a relieving posture because of the pain. However, this favours a progression of degeneration and an increase in pain. Gentle exercise is essential to relieve the symptoms of spondylosis.

Causes of spondylosis

The main cause of spondylosis is above all increasing age. Due to the constant strain on the spine, the intervertebral discs degenerate, lose volume and thus become thinner. Accordingly, the bony vertebral bodies approach each other and eventually come into contact. The direct contact of the bones without the buffer zone in between leads to the pain typical of spondylosis, as the bones rub directly against each other.

Very often there is a false reaction of the body at these points, which reacts to the missing intervertebral discs, the increased friction and the increasing instability of the spine with increased bone formation to restore stability. For those affected, this results in further pain and even more restricted freedom of movement.

In addition to age-related spondylosis, overweight or a permanent poor posture and lack of movement can also lead to spondylosis. Diabetes also plays a role in spondylosis. The aim here is to provide optimum treatment for the root cause of diabetes and at the same time alleviate the symptoms of the spondylosis it causes.

Treatment of spondylosis with radon

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Drinking treatments with radon

During the drinking treatment, the radon mineral healing water enters the body through the gastrointestinal tract and thus unfolds its naturally gentle effect. The healing water is drunk regularly over a longer period of time for therapeutic purposes. The duration, amount and time of drinking is determined by the spa doctor. Especially the “Wettinquelle” with approx. 24,000 Bq/l radon is considered the strongest radon spring in the world.

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Spa treatments with radon

Natural healing water is created by the slow infiltration of rain water through different geological layers of rock. During this process it is cleaned, filtered and enriched with minerals and trace elements. In this enriched deep water, carbon dioxide is released by solidified magma from past volcanic activity. The noble gas radon is formed from the radium contained everywhere in the earth’s crust. The Bad Brambach mineral springs receive their health-promoting radon content from the Fichtelgebirge granite. All sources are strictly checked according to the Medicines Act..

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Diagnosis: spondylosis

The diagnosis of spondylosis can only be made by the doctor after a detailed anamnesis. Your family doctor will refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon, physiotherapist or osteopath if there is any suspicion. Not only are symptoms and accompanying complaints assessed, but a series of functional tests are also carried out and the source of the pain localised.


If spondylosis is suspected, diagnostic imaging procedures are used. X-rays make any shifts in the spinal column or individual vertebral bodies visible. Using X-rays, the doctor can also determine whether and where spondylophytes, i.e. bony spurs or outgrowths, have already formed.

If necessary, a CT is also performed to examine the spine from several angles. Magnetic resonance imaging makes changes in ligaments, nerves, muscles and tissue visible. A myelogram is used to measure nerve activity to detect any nerve damage.

A blood sample provides information about inflammation, which in turn is more likely to indicate an inflammatory disease like ankylosing spondylitis or arthritis. The combination of several diagnostic methods excludes other possible causes of the symptoms. With the help of a correct diagnosis, the optimal therapeutic measures can then be initiated.

Risk factors of spondylosis

There are several risk factors for spondylosis. Especially advancing age and decades of strain on the spine. Other factors that promote spondylosis include obesity, little exercise, poor posture, one-sided or excessive physical strain and smoking. It is therefore a disease that is widespread everywhere, but primarily in the industrialised countries. Women over 45 tend to be slightly more affected than men, especially in combination with arthrosis.

In diabetes, spondylosis, in this case usually spondylosis hyperostotica, can be a side effect of this metabolic disorder.

Questions around the disease

Persons who have cases of arthrosis, congenital joint defects, spinal misalignments or misaligned legs in their close family may have an increased risk of spondylosis for genetic reasons. However, the individual lifestyle is a much greater influencing factor. A genetic predisposition alone does not necessarily lead to spondylosis if there is sufficient exercise and optimal prophylaxis.

The golden rules here are: Movement, sufficient, varied and gentle, and correct posture when sitting, standing and walking. However, a certain loss of functionality in the course of age is unavoidable. A good muscular system in the back and abdomen delays spondylosis - because if the intervertebral discs become thinner and less flexible, stable muscles and an upright posture can counteract this to some extent.

Overweight should also be avoided in order to not strain the spine unnecessarily and excessively. Small measures can already be taken in everyday life: It is better to take the stairs instead of the lift, and cycling is also better than driving to work or the supermarket every day.

Your health insurance company will cover the costs of all necessary and appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures. For certain services, depending on the health insurance company and necessity, a self-cost coverage may apply.

As long as you do not have excessive pain that requires special treatment, gentle sporting activity is recommended. Because protective posture and no movement aggravate spondylosis. However, avoid sports that put a lot of strain on the joints and spine. Handball, football and the like are rather counterproductive.

Instead, choose swimming, cross-country skiing or hiking and avoid peak performance. Daily stretching and movement exercises help to maintain mobility and to delay the progression of spondylosis or even to live as far as possible without complaints even at an advanced age.

People suffering from mild spondylosis can usually continue to work normally, depending on their profession. Ergonomic adjustments to the workplace may be necessary, especially in sedentary occupations. Talk to your employer about this. Anyone working in professions with (heavy) physical strain should check with their doctor to what extent this is still feasible with spondylosis. Occupational retraining may be necessary.

The fact that the average age of the population is increasing inevitably means that the incidence of spondylosis is also rising. In Germany, about 50% of all people over 40 are affected by degenerative changes along the spine, including many who have no symptoms. The number of affected people over 65 years of age is significantly higher. It is over 90%, but again not necessarily associated with restrictive symptoms.

In general, spondylosis does not represent a risk for a (planned) pregnancy. In any case, however, you should clarify with both your gynaecologist and the doctor treating the spondylosis which form of therapy is optimal. Radon therapy is generally not recommended during pregnancy. However, once pregnancy and breastfeeding are over, there is no longer any risk of radon therapy.

The severity of the spondylosis is very important here. In the case of advanced spondylosis and stiffening of the spine, the lifting of heavy objects such as beverage crates and the like should be avoided. However, with a mild form and little or no pain, there should be no peak loads. The most important thing is to lift light or heavy objects in an ergonomically correct way - from the knees when the back is straight, never from the back.

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