Spondylosis is a broad term used to describe a condition brought on by one or more types of age related wear and tear or degeneration, in one or more areas of the spine. Degenerative damage can include a variety of conditions such as osteoarthritis, compressed discs, bulging or herniated discs. A person typically will show signs of spondylosis between the ages of 20-50. Genetics, a history of sport injuries or trauma can play a role in developing Spondylosis. Statistically, over 80% of people 40 years of age and up have developed spondylosis somewhere along their spine.
What Causes Lumbar Spondylosis?
Examples of conditions which can contribute to lumbar spondylosis include:
- Degeneration discs
- Bone spur
- Nerve compression
- Facet arthritis
A person can suffer from single or multilevel spondylosis.
Symptoms of Lumbar Spondylosis
- Pain in the affected area of the lower back
- Pain radiating down the back of the legs and into the feet due to nerve compression
- Stiffness in the back
- Numbness and tingling in the legs and feet can occur with nerve compression
- Loss of balance
- Weakness in the back and into the legs
- Decreased range of motion
The MISI Approach to Lumbar Spondylosis Treatments
Treatments vary depending upon the associated condition. Treatments at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute specifically for the conditions associated with Lumbar spondylosis can include:
Conservative treatment options
- Chiropractic therapy
- Physical therapy
- Over the counter pain relievers
If these treatments ineffective, the Minimally Invasive Pain Management specialists can work with you to customize other conservative treatment options.
Minimally Invasive Treatment Options
If, however, a bone spur has impeded on a nearby nerve or a facet joint needs repair due to your spondylosis, you may opt for a more permanent solution.