Degenerative Changes in the Spine

Spondylosis is a term that many health care providers use to describe the degenerative changes in the spine that result in the loss of normal spinal structure and function. Examples of the conditions this umbrella term may be used to describe include:

  • Most commonly, spinal arthritis;
  • The water loss and degeneration that occurs in a spinal disc which may lead to a herniated disc;
  • The formation of bone spurs in the facet joints or near the intervertebral discs;
  • The weakening of the ligaments that connect the outside surfaces of the vertebrae.

The condition is usually caused by changes in the spine due to age, wear-and-tear, and osteoarthritis. Patients with previous spinal injuries may be more likely to develop one of three types of  spondylosis:

  • Cervical spondylosis affects the top seven (C1-C7) vertebrae (bones of your spine).
  • Thoracic spondylosis impacts your thoracic vertebrae (the vertebrae in the middle of your back [T1-T12]).
  • Lumbar spondylosis impacts the five vertebrae in your lower back (L1-L5).

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    Your doctor will ask questions about your activity, symptoms, and medical history to diagnose this condition. The doctor will also order diagnostic imaging to confirm the diagnosis. SpineOne may use anti-inflammatory medicine such as oral medications and therapeutic injections to reduce the inflammation causing pain. This pain intervention technique is paired with a physical therapy program to help promote mobility in the spine, and increase the strength and flexibility of the surrounding muscles. Patients undergoing this treatment regimen have reported significant reduction in their pain levels, and improvement to their quality of life.

    Spondylosis Symptoms

    • Neck, shoulder and/or arm pain

    • Loss of fine motor skills

    • Weakness, tingling or numbness in the arms

    • Pain in the back, buttocks and/or legs

    • Numbness, muscle weakness or tingling in the legs

    • Prolonged standing or sitting may worsen the pain

    • Twisting, lifting or straining may cause pain to worsen

    Spondylosis Treatment

    • Physical therapy

    • Medication

    • Minimally Invasive Injections

    • Minimally Invasive Surgery

    This condition is a degeneration of the spine that can affect the spine at any level, resulting in pain and discomfort that can grow worse over time.