In old and middle aged population the spine develops some bony insertions called Ankylosing Hyperostosis. A person suffering from Ankylosing Hyperostosis usually has no symptoms, although some people may suffer from pain and stiffness. The thoracic spine is primarily affected in typical patients. The insertions may also be developed in cervical and lumbar spine as well.
A classic patient of Ankylosing Hyperostosis is a male above the age of 50 years. Females above 35 years and males above the age of 35 years have high chances of contracting the disease. It has been discovered the patients with diabetes have a high risk of developing Ankylosing Hyperostosis.
Patients with obesity and high levels of glucose tolerance were found to develop Ankylosing Hyperostosis. The condition is also called as hyperosmotic spondylosis.
People who have diabetes and those who develop symptoms of pain in the spine should consult an orthopaedic to understand the underlying causes for the pain. Many a time the development of insertions within the region causes pain and stiffness in the vertebrae.
Orthopaedics will conduct various tests to understand the nature of the insertions. They will then recommend the necessary medications to control the pain and give a pain free life for the patients.