Spondylosis — lumbar spondylosis overview and causes

Spondylosis is a medical condition that describes the natural deterioration of the spine due to age and compression. The most common form of spondylosis is degenerative lumbar spondylosis, which occurs in the lower back. Because spondylosis is a naturally occurring condition, most people over the age of 70 have some sort of spondylosis in the lumbar spine, and several people over the age of 50 begin to develop the beginning signs of spondylosis.

However, even though spondylosis is a very common condition, few people actually experience any symptoms associated with the condition itself. Most symptoms experienced occur from spine conditions caused by spondylosis, such as herniated discs and bone spurs.

If you are experiencing back pain and other chronic symptoms, you should schedule a consultation with your physician. Your physician might order an MRI test to determine the cause of your pain and help you create a treatment plan to fit your needs.

Lumbar spondylosis overview

Spondylosis usually occurs in the lumbar (lower back) portion of the spine. The spine is comprised of several small bones called vertebrae stacked on top of each other. In between each vertebra is a disc and a joint to help the vertebrae move and bend without rubbing against each other. The discs and joints also help keep the vertebrae in line with the spinal cord so the nerve roots surrounding the spinal cord are not impacted.

The lumbar spine is responsible for supporting and stabilizing a large portion of the body’s weight. As time continues and the body endures repetitive twisting and bending motions, as well as possible weight gain, the components of the lumbar spine become compressed. As this continues, the discs and joints wear down, causing the vertebrae to rub together and slowly deteriorate.

In more advanced cases of spondylosis, the spine may develop other conditions caused by the deterioration of spinal components. The most common conditions developed by lumbar spondylosis include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Bone spurs
  • Spondylolisthesis

If you begin to experience symptoms of chronic pain and limited mobility in your lower back, consult your physician about lumbar spondylosis. If you are diagnosed with spondylosis, ask your doctor about the conservative and surgical treatment plans available to help alleviate your pain and symptoms.