Connection between spondylosis and back pain

Spondylosis is a common cause of back pain in people over the age of 50. The word spondylosis is a term used to describe a disease caused by age-related degeneration in the spine. Although spondylosis can cause back pain in any part of the spine, it mainly affects the joints and the cushions that separate vertebrae in the spinal column.

Spondylosis is often accompanied by potentially painful conditions such as herniated discs, pinched nerves and bone spurs. As a result, this can often lead to pain associated with movements as well as numbness, weakness and tingling. To learn more about back pain caused by this condition as well as methods to relieve your pain and discomfort, read the following article.

How does spondylosis cause back pain?

Most back pain not caused by a muscle strain or sprain is caused by spinal nerves being compressed because of changes or injuries to the structure of the spine. As spondylosis sets in, there are two major ways it can cause nerve compression and pain.

When we’re young, the body feeds moisture to the discs in our spines, keeping them lubricated and springy so they can keep up with the stresses of everyday movement. However, as a normal part of aging, the discs begin to dry out.

As this happens, they become less able to absorb shocks the way they’re meant to and can become damaged. The result can be a slipped disc or degenerative disc disease, both of which can cause painful compressed nerves and inflammation of the surrounding structures.

Another natural part of the aging process is the loss of the cartilage that keeps the bones of joints from grinding against each other as we move. Early in life, this cartilage serves as a protective wrapping for the joints, including the facet joints in our spine that allow it to bend.

Once the protective wrapping is gone, bone damage can occur. Bones are genetically programmed to try to repair damage by growing new bone, which can lead to the formation of bone spurs. These bone spurs can then place pressure on nerves and cause conditions such as sciatica.

Nonsurgical treatments for back pain caused by spondylosis

Spondylosis is a degenerative condition that usually starts with mild symptoms that can worsen over time. An important thing you can do to delay this is to stay active, as strong muscles help support the spine and can help combat the effects of spondylosis.

Conservative measures recommended by your doctor, such as over-the-counter pain medications, are generally enough to control the pain at first, although prescription drugs and physical therapy may be used to treat spondylosis symptoms if they progress.

Surgical treatments for back pain caused by spondylosis

If back pain from spondylosis is limiting your quality of life and continues to worsen despite several weeks or months of conservative treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute. We have developed a range of both minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures that offer lower risks of complication and shorter recovery periods compared to traditional open spine surgeries.^

Our outpatient procedures are a clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery.^ To find out what sets us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, reach out to our team. We can help you determine if you are a potential candidate for our spondylosis procedures by providing you with a free MRI review.*