Spondylosis is a broad medical term used to describe back pain generally caused by wear and tear during the body's aging process. People suffering from Spondylosis have symptoms ranging from spinal neck pain to joint pain to bone pain. Most often, Spondylosis is caused by spinal osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease, but it can be used to describe any manner of spinal degeneration.
Spondylosis is most often caused by the natural aging process. Although spondylosis a broad term used for back pain caused by wear and tear, specialists most commonly use it to describe osteoarthritis. Spondylosis is caused when discs, muscles, or cartilage deteriorate naturally over time. This can result in pain, stiffness, weakness and other symptoms. While natural degeneration is the most likely cause for Spondylosis, people who are overweight, genetically predisposed or have had a history of spine injuries, may be at a higher risk.
Your doctor will schedule a physical exam and history report as the first step to determining if you suffer from Spondylosis. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans are generally scheduled as a follow up to pinpoint specific causes of your pain from Spondylosis.
Most patients with Spondylosis can be treated non-surgically through conservative care. The patients must be educated to understand the goal of therapy and have realistic expectations. Treatment begins with the simplest mode of therapy, such as temporary limitations of physical activities and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). If no improvement occurs over a 3-6 week period, a change in the type of Nsaid or a trial of epidural steroid injections may be considered. Bracing may also be an option. Physical therapy has variable affects. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatments, or whose Spondylosis is debilitating may be candidates for surgery. Talk to your surgeon about what option is right for you.
Since Spondylosis is often a side effect of the normal aging process, many patients find sufficient relief through conservative treatments. Through effective pain management, most people with Spondylosis lead normal lives.
While Spondylosis is a natural occurrence, steps can be taken to lessen the chances of chronic pain. Regular exercising including walking, riding a bicycle and swimming may reduce your likelihood of developing Spondylosis. It is important to be mindful of good posture and a healthy weight to maintain a strong spine.
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