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Spondylosis (Spinal Arthritis)

Overview

Spondylosis is also the medical term for spinal arthritis.

Causes

  • Spondylosis can result from several different causes:
  • Aging. As we grow older, the discs that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae of the spine deteriorate. As a result, the space between the bones of the neck and back narrow, which can put pressure on nerve roots. Spondylosis is most often found in patients over 60 years old.
  • Genetics. You can be more susceptible if arthritis runs in your family.
  • Spondylosis can lead to Spondylolisthesis without Spondolysis.

Symptoms

  • Low back stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Pain, numbness or weakness depending on the location of the spondylosis. You may experience shooting or radiating pain in your arms, leg or neck
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of range of motion

Diagnosis

First step toward diagnosis will be a physical exam by one of our physicians. Spondylosis can also be diagnosed by X-Ray, MRI, and CT scan.

Treatment

We have several methods of treating spondylosis.

  • Physical Therapy. Often, spondylosis can be treated nonsurgically by strengthening the muscles of the back and core through physical therapy and exercise. This treatment also includes stretching exercises that help relieve pain.
  • Medication. We may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the pain and swelling associated with spondylosis.
  • Surgery. If surgery is required for a spondylosis, treatment can often be provided in an outpatient setting with a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The procedures are completed either in our spine dedicated surgical center or the local spine accredited hospital. 
  • Possible surgeries include Minimally Invasive Laminectomy, Minimally Invasive Laminotomy or Minimally Invasive Fusion (TLIF).