Spondylosis — spondylosis in the lower back L5 vertebra
Spondylosis is a condition used to describe the general degeneration of the spine typically caused by the natural aging process or arthritis of the spine. The most common occurrence of spondylosis is found in the lowest portion of the spine, where the lumbar spine meets the tailbone at the L5-S1 vertebrae.
Most patients who have mild forms of spondylosis in the L5 vertebra never experience any symptoms with their condition. However, more progressive cases of spondylosis in the lower lumbar spine may result in lower back pain, pain in the buttock and leg, and limited range of motion in the lower spine.
If you are experiencing this pain or if you suspect you have spondylosis in the lower back, you should schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss your symptoms and determine a cause for your pain. If you are diagnosed with spondylosis, there are several conservative and surgical treatment methods available to help alleviate your pain and reduce your symptoms.
Causes and symptoms of spondylosis in the L5 vertebra
Spondylosis is most commonly found in the lower spine because that is the area of the spine that endures the most wear and tear. The lumbar spine holds the majority of the body’s weight and is responsible for providing support and stability.
Over time, as weight gain occurs and the spine undergoes continual repetitive motions, the vertebrae in the lumbar spine begin to compress. This compression causes the discs and joints between the vertebrae to gradually deteriorate. In mild cases of spine deterioration, most people don’t experience symptoms. However, more advanced forms of deterioration can often result in other spine conditions, such as:
In addition to weight gain and repetitive motion, another main cause of spondylosis in the L5 vertebra is arthritis of the spine. Arthritis of the spine is often an age-related condition that aids in the degradation of the components in the spine, resulting in pain and possibly other spine conditions.
Treatment options for spondylosis in the L5 vertebra
There are several treatment options available to patients with spondylosis. If you have been diagnosed with spondylosis in the L5 vertebra, you should begin to research the treatments available to you so you can make a decision that fits your needs.
At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that every patient should have the opportunity to make an informed decision about his/her spine care. If you have been diagnosed with spondylosis, please contact our care team to discuss your treatment options. You will get personal time with one of our consultants or physicians to discuss your condition and educate you about the details of each treatment option. No one knows your pain and your needs better than you. Let us educate you about each treatment so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our care team at Laser Spine Institute.