What Is Spondylosis and How Is It Treated?

Published on: February 11, 2018

Spondylosis is the degeneration of the spine, which can impact the facets joints and discs. The elements of the spine are affected by aging; everyone incurs degeneration of bone and cartilage eventually. However, though aging cannot be stopped, there are treatments for spondylosis that can help minimize pain and improve mobility.

Spondylosis and spinal osteoarthritis go hand in hand. Osteoarthritis is inflammation and wear on the facet joints in the spine. This can cause thickening of ligaments, which can lead to bone spurs on the facets and spine. The vertebrae discs can also degenerate, bulging and reducing the ability to protect the vertebrae. These degenerative changes are noticeable in 80% of adults over 40, with the condition worsening as they get older.

Spondylosis Symptoms and Treatments

When spinal osteoarthritis and spondylosis are present, mobility and comfort can be impacted. It can be painful to bend or twist; there is often back or neck pain, especially after sitting or lying in the same position. This can impact quality of life, restricting movement and causing ongoing pain.

Treatment is available to reduce inflammation and pain. Some conservative treatment options that are available for spondylosis include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Heat/ice therapy
  • Medications and injections
  • Massage

When conservative treatments for spondylosis are not effective, another option is spinal surgery. There are minimally-invasive endoscopic back surgeries that can remove bone spurs, repair vertebrae discs and help relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. There is low risk with these surgeries in comparison to open back surgery, with quicker recovery times and less pain.

You do not need to live with the pain of spondylosis. Visit a spine specialist to learn about the treatment options available for reduce pain and more mobility.

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Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
5730 Glenridge Drive Northeast #230
Atlanta, GA 30328
(678) 752-7246

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