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Spondylosis 2017-03-31T17:21:12+00:00

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

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

Laminectomy

Laminectomy

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.

Laminotomy

Laminotomy

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

Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar Fusion

Removes damaged disc from the lower back (lumbar spine), and fuses two vertebrae together with a reinforced implant to create much needed support.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio Frequency Ablation

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

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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