How to fix spondylosis
Spondylosis is a degenerative condition that refers to the natural deterioration of the spinal discs over time. Most people will experience some level of this condition as a result of age and repetitive movements like bending and twisting. Because of the degenerative nature of this condition, spondylosis commonly develops in the lower back, or lumbar spine, because that’s where the spine supports most of the body’s weight and flexibility.
The first signs that you may have spondylosis include a stiff back, pain when moving in a certain position and difficulty standing or sitting for an extended amount of time. If you notice these symptoms developing, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine if spondylosis is the cause for your pain. Your doctor will provide a physical evaluation, as well as schedule an MRI or CT scan, to view the vertebrae and discs in your spine and determine the cause of your pain.
If it is determined that spondylosis is causing your back pain and symptoms, your doctor will recommend a series of conservative treatments to help relieve your pain without needing spine surgery. Common conservative treatments used to treat this condition include:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Weight loss
- Low-impact exercises
- Swim therapy
- Lifestyle changes
- Corticosteroid injections
These conservative treatments work to relieve the symptoms of spondylosis by relieving the pressure on the damaged disc and pinched nerve in the spine and to block the compressed nerve from sending pain signals to the brain. As the pressure being placed on the damaged disc is reduced, certain conservative treatments like physical therapy, low-impact exercises and swim therapy serve to strengthen the surrounding core muscles to help support the spine and potentially prevent future disc damage.
In the event that these conservative treatments do not effectively relieve your spondylosis pain, you may be recommended for spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to help treat spondylosis and other common spine conditions that cause chronic neck and back pain. Contact us today to learn more about our procedures and to receive a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.