Deterioration and degeneration of the spine can cause spondylosis. Spinal osteoarthritis and spondylosis are virtually the same, as spondylosis is arthritis of the spine. Normal wear and tear on the spinal joints, discs and vertebrae can cause degenerative changes, as can other factors. When spondylosis causes chronic pain or mobility issues, there are treatments that offer relief. Medici Spine & Pain provides diagnosis and treatment for patients with spondylosis at our clinics in the greater Atlanta area.
Arthritis is often considered a part of aging, but it can occur at any age. Spine arthritis, or spondylosis, is a degeneration of the spine. This can occur naturally over time from wear and tear or as a result of an injury or excessive strain on the spine. There are also risk factors that contribute to spondylosis at a younger age, including smoking, obesity, family history, high-impact sports and physical labor. Most people have some level of spondylosis in their 40s, 50s and beyond, but not all have symptoms or require treatment.
Symptoms and Treatments for Spine Arthritis
When the spinal components like discs, ligaments and vertebrae succumb to wear, tear and deterioration, the body tries to repair and heal the damage. Bone spurs are growths on vertebrae that are an attempt to restore stability and vertebra height but can cause nerve pressure and pain. Symptoms range from stiffness in the neck or back to localized or radiating pain into the arms or legs. The symptoms depend on where in the spine arthritis, bone spurs and nerve compression occur.
Treatment for spondylosis is different for each patient. At Medici Spine & Pain, we personalize a treatment plan to address the specific symptoms for each patient. For some, conservative treatments such as physical therapy, stretching, injection therapy and medication management can be effective. For others, removing bone spurs through minimally-invasive spine surgery may be needed for long-term relief.
If you have been diagnosed with spondylosis or are experiencing symptoms, contact Medici Spine & Pain today to schedule a consultation. We offer innovative treatments to slow the progression of spinal osteoarthritis and relieve pain.