What is Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is just a fancy term for the damage that comes from the normal wear and tear of osteoarthritis in joints between the bones of the spine (vertebrae), and in the spinal discs, which act as cushions or shock absorbers between the vertebrae.

As we age, osteoarthritis can cause a number of changes in and around the spine. The spinal discs may dry out and shrink; bone spurs may develop along the edges of the vertebrae; bulging or herniated discs may cause pain and discomfort; and spinal ligaments may begin to stiffen, causing decreased flexibility.

What You May Be Feeling

Spondylosis can cause back pain

Back Pain

Spondylosis can cause bladder control issues or pain

Bladder Control Issues or Pain

Spondylosis can cause shooting pains

Shooting Pains

Spondylosis can cause tenderness


Spondylosis can cause leg numbness

Leg numbness

Spondylosis can cause leg weakness

Leg Weakness

Symptoms of Spondylosis

Much of the time, there are no symptoms. But when patients do have symptoms, they usually include neck pain and stiffness. If the spondylosis is causing pressure or pinching on the spinal cord nerves, then other symptoms may appear. Numbness, weakness, or tingling in the arms, legs and hands or feet; difficulty standing or walking and loss of control of the bladder or bowels are some the symptoms that may indicate that it’s time to schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Potential Treatment Options

A laminectomy is a very common procedure that removes a portion of what is known as a the lamina in order to create space in the area affected by the bulging disc. Learn More.


A laminotomy is a spinal decompression surgery where only a very small portion of the lamina is removed to remove pressure on the nerves and spinal cord to relieve pain. Learn More.


During a lumbar fusion the damaged disc is removed from the lower back (lumbar spine), and the two vertebrae are fused together with a reinforced implant to create more support. Learn More.

Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the troubled nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain. Learn More.


Conservative Treatments for Spondylosis

  • NSAIDs (over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen)

  • Prescription pain medications

  • Antidepressants (some have been shown to relieve spondylosis symptoms)

  • Corticosteroids

  • Muscle relaxants

  • Physical therapy

  • Daily walks or other moderate exercises

  • Ice or heat

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