Spondylosis — definition and overview of spondylosis

Spondylosis is a medical term used to describe the natural aging and gradual deterioration process of the spine. Spondylosis is usually caused by the development of arthritis in the spine, which causes the discs and vertebrae to gradually wear down over time. While most people have some form of spondylosis later in life, very few people actually experience chronic symptoms associated with the condition.

Spondylosis is usually associated with several other spine conditions. The deterioration of the spine can often lead to other spine conditions, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and bone spurs. If you begin to experience symptoms such as chronic pain and difficulty twisting or bending, consult your physician to determine if your spondylosis has caused a different spine condition to develop.

Spondylosis overview

Spondylosis is a naturally occurring condition for most people caused by the general wear and tear of the spine. As time progresses, the spine endures constant bending, twisting, and movement, accompanied sometimes by weight gain. This constant movement and pressure compresses the components of the spine, causing the vertebrae, discs and joints to gradually wear down. This natural degradation process is called spondylosis.

Spondylosis usually occurs in the lumbar (lower back) portion of the spine. The lumbar spine is largely responsible for supporting and stabilizing the majority of the body’s weight. Thus, the lumbar spine endures the most compression over the years and experiences more deterioration of the vertebrae and joints.

Spine conditions associated with spondylosis

Because spondylosis is such a broad term describing the degeneration of the spine, there are several spine conditions that fall into the “spondylosis” category, such as arthritis of the spine and spondylolisthesis. Additionally, there are multiple spine conditions that develop as a result of spondylosis, including:

Mild cases of spondylosis do not typically result in symptoms, though the development of another spine condition may cause symptoms of local and radiating pain, as well as difficulty moving and standing for extended periods of time.

If you begin to experience symptoms related to spondylosis or other spine conditions, you should consult your physician to discuss your pain and schedule an MRI test to determine the cause of your discomfort. If you do have spondylosis or a different spine condition, there are several treatment options available to help you find pain relief.