The Spondy Quandary

Ruth Werner’s article, the last I’ll talk about in ABMP’s latest edition of Massage and Bodywork, was very informative. She reviewed vertebrae anatomy. Then, she differentiated between spondylosis (characterized by bone spurs and ossification of the longitudinal ligaments, which causes loss of range of motion), spondylitis (characterized, usually, by an episode at the sacroiliac joint and travels up the spine), and 4 types of spondylolisthesis (characterized by nerve signs). Lastly, she reiterated that any therapist can and should help patients by getting, then keeping, range of motion in the affected joints!

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