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What Is Lumbosacral Spondylosis?


Lumbosacral Spondylosis

Lumbosacral spondylosis is a basic term used by medical professionals to describe common, age-related degeneration in the lower back at the site where the last vertebra of the lumbar spine (L5) and the first vertebra of the sacral spine (S1) connect. This area is especially prone to deterioration because the lower back supports upright posture and many different bending and twisting movements, and also because it supports such a large amount of weight.

Symptoms of lumbosacral spondylosis

Specific conditions that fall under the umbrella term of lumbosacral spondylosis can include herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs and osteoarthritis, all of which are spinal abnormalities that run the risk of protruding into the spinal canal and exerting pressure on spinal nerves. The sciatic nerve is often compressed at the meeting of the L5 and S1 vertebrae. Common symptoms of sciatic nerve compression include tingling, numbness, weakness and pain that can spread through the following areas:

  • Lower back
  • Tailbone
  • Buttocks
  • Hip joints
  • Toes
  • Back of thighs (hamstrings)
  • Calves
  • Feet

Treating lumbosacral spondylosis

While you would not directly treat spondylosis itself since the term does not specifically pinpoint a condition that’s treatable, you can certainly treat the herniated disc, joint or vertebra that is part of overall spine degeneration. The majority of patients will find that weeks or months of stretching, low-impact exercise, pain medication, hot-cold therapy and behavior modification can sufficiently manage their symptoms.

For the small percentage of patients whose degenerative spine condition worsens over time, there is Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Contact us today to find out more about our outpatient procedures that offer fewer risks and faster recuperation times compared to traditional open spine surgeries.

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