More information about spondylosis

Spondylosis is term used to describe a series of degenerative spine conditions caused by arthritis of the spine. Often, spondylosis can result in spinal stenosis (the narrowing of the spinal canal) or degenerative disc disease.

Spondylosis generally occurs in patients over the age of 50 who have forms of spinal arthritis, or osteoarthritis in the spine, and can be found in the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine (lower back) is largely responsible for supporting and stabilizing the majority of the body’s weight. Over time, as the weight of the body compresses the spine and arthritis gradually deteriorates the vertebrae and joints of the spine, the components of the spine might move out of alignment. An example of this would be spondylolisthesis, which occurs when a joint or disc in the spine is damaged by arthritis, causing the spine to become unstable and the vertebra to slip over the vertebrae below it. The movement of a vertebra of the spine can compress a nerve root in the spinal canal and cause severe, chronic pain.

Patients diagnosed with spondylosis may experience chronic pain, usually in the lower back, or acute pain in the back with certain movements. To learn more information about spondylosis and the treatment options available to you, please read through our library of spondylosis articles below: