Magnetotherapy offers one of the most effective cures for spondylosis if the disease has not so far progressed as completely to damage the intervertebral discs and bones. It can also bring relief in a case of ankylosing spondylitis. The mode of application in the above conditions is as follows:
(a) In case of cervical spondylosis, the magnets should be applied to the neck and to the part to which the pain and tingling may radiate. Accordingly, the north pole should be placed over the most painful point on the neck and the south pole on the shoulder, elbow or the palm of the left or right hand. South-pole oil should be applied to the site of pain before applying the magnets.
(b) In case of lumbar spondylosis, the mode of application is the same as that recommended for lumbago. If the lumbar spondy losis results in sciatica pain, the north pole of the magnet should be applied to the most painful spot in the lumbar region and the south pole to the terminal point of the pain. South pole oil should also be used.
(b) For treatment of ankylosing spondylitis the north pole should be placed over the fourth or fifth cervical vertebra and the south pole over the sacrum. South-pole oil should be used.
The duration of application in all cases should be initially 15 minutes and gradually raised to 30 minutes twice daily.
(c)The sun-bathing of the spinea long with the use or south-pole oil and the red cellophane paper as well as the spinal exercises are absolutely essential for a quick recovery.