Spondylosis of the spine definition

Spondylosis is a condition that describes the degeneration of the spine due to natural aging. This condition affects the facet joints and vertebrae, causing them to wear as an individual gets older. Spondylosis can cause the spinal canal and nerve roots in the spine to compress, leading to damage of the spinal cord.

As a result, local symptoms at the site of compression and radiating symptoms can begin to develop in remote areas of the body where compression occurs. This is often caused by a variety of spine conditions such as arthritis of the spine or degenerative disc disease. To learn about the methods available to find relief from this condition, read the following article.

Finding relief from spondylosis of the spine

To properly treat this condition, it is important to consult your doctor to determine the exact cause, location and severity of your condition. By conducting a detailed medical history and ordering an MRI or CT scan, your doctor can determine the treatment that is best suited for your spine care needs. This may include either conservative care or surgical intervention.

Typically, conservative treatments are first recommended to treat spondylosis of the spine. These may include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Quitting smoking
  • Steroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Weight management
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Reducing alcohol consumption

However, if several weeks or months of conservative care does not provide you with adequate relief, then surgical intervention may be required to ease your symptoms.

Types of spondylosis surgery

To treat spondylosis of the spine, there are two forms of surgery available — traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Compared to highly invasive traditional open spine surgery, which uses a large 6- to 8-inch incision that cuts or tears the muscles, our minimally invasive spine surgery uses a less than 1-inch incision that is muscle sparing. This allows for a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery, as well as a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication.^

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a variety of minimally invasive decompression procedures that can relieve the pressure caused by spondylosis and help our patient reclaim their lives from this condition. To learn more about spondylosis of the spine and find out about the advantages of our outpatient procedures, contact our dedicated team today.

Through a free MRI review,* we can determine if you are a potential candidate for our spondylosis surgery.