Spondylosis is the general term for degeneration of the spine, or osteoarthritis. During the natural aging process, degeneration occurs throughout the entire body, including the spine. In many cases, this means the development of arthritis of the spine. This can also be referred to as spondylosis. Spondylosis is essentially a degeneration of the cartilage of the discs and joints, which causes patients to experience a number of associated symptoms.
What Causes Spondylosis?
Spondylosis or osteoarthritis, is caused by aging in most cases. However, certain congenital conditions, injuries, or other stressors on the spine can cause spondylosis to develop earlier in some cases.
Suffering from arthritis of the spine often means suffering through a number of chronic associated symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms we see and treat at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute include:
- Weakness in hands or feet
- Stiffness in the neck or back
- Localized pain in the neck or back
- Radiating pain
- Numbness and/or Tingling in the associated limbs
- Inability to sit or stand of long periods of time
Spondylosis is most commonly seen in two areas, the back and the neck.
Spondylosis in the neck (cervical)
can cause patients to experience painful symptoms in the neck, shoulders and into the arms and hands. Generally, symptoms include tingling, weakness, stiffness, numbness and radiating pain in the arms or hands.
Spondylosis in the back (lumbar)
can cause symptoms and pain in the legs or feet. Generally symptoms may include stiffness, numbness, weakness, tingling and radiating pain in the legs or feet.
The MISI Approach to treating Spondylosis
Though there is no definitive cure for spondylosis, there are both conservative and surgical solutions used to alleviate the associated pain and symptoms. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, it is our goal to assist patients in obtaining the highest quality of life possible. Before recommending surgery, we always suggest that patients explore the conservative treatment options available to them. However, for many suffering from spondylosis, conservative treatments fail to bring about adequate relief. In those cases, minimally invasive surgeons at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute are often able to perform outpatient procedures to treat the underlying pain and symptoms caused by spondylosis.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.