Can I play tennis if I have lumbar spondylosis?

Patient

Q: Can i play tennis if i have lumbar spondylosis

Doctor

A:   Spondylosis is a degenerative disease of the spine in which there is the presence of osteophytes along the anterior and lateral aspects of the vertebral column. Osteophytes are bone spurs or bony projections that form along joints. These are usually formed due to damage of the joint’s surface. These osteophytes cause restricted joint movements along with varying degrees of pain. Any part of the vertebral column may be affected by Spondylosis, but usually the cervical and lumbar regions tend to result in symptoms more commonly. The goal of treatment is to slow the disease process and improve the quality of life by improving signs and symptoms of the disease. If you have no pain, you can exercise moderately, exercises to strengthen the spine muscles are of benefit. Staying in shape is very important because a healthy body is generally less prone to the degenerative processes. For that reason, I'd say that you don't have to worry about stopping tennis, this activity should be helpful because keep you moving. As part of your general fitness, you can also focus on exercises that strengthen your neck muscles. Muscles that better support your cervical spine will help your neck move more easily.

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