Spondylosis — lumbar spondylosis in the L5-S1 vertebrae
Spondylosis is a common spine condition for the lower back. The term spondylosis generally refers to the natural deterioration of the spine due to age or arthritis, and typically affects people later in life. The most common location of spondylosis is in the lowest part of the back, in the last vertebrae of the lumbar spine (L5). This is because the lumbar spine experiences the most wear and tear over the years, which leads to the gradual breakdown of the components of the spine.
While spondylosis itself is usually not symptomatic, it can lead to the development of other spine conditions which can cause pain, stiffness and limited mobility. If you are experiencing lower back pain, stiffness or limited mobility, consult your physician to determine the source of your pain.
Conditions associated with lumbar spondylosis
Since spondylosis is the gradual deterioration of the spine, there are many spine conditions that can be attributed to spondylosis. The most common spine conditions that develop from spondylosis include:
Typically, mild cases of spondylosis in the lumbar spine do not result in additional spine conditions. However, the more progressive the deterioration of your spinal components, the higher the risk of developing a different spine condition as a result of the spondylosis.
Therefore, if you begin to experience symptoms related to other spine conditions, such as stiffness, inability to bend and move without pain, and general lower back pain, it is important that you schedule an appointment with your physician to determine the cause of your pain and choose a treatment plan to help you find relief.
Diagnosing lumbar stenosis in the L5-S1 vertebrae
When you schedule an appointment with your physician, you should plan on answering questions about your pain and symptoms, as well as your family medical history. This will not only help your doctor determine the cause of your pain, but also to determine the right treatment plan for your needs and health requirements.
Your physician might order an MRI test or CT scan to take a closer look at your spine. If it is determined that you have spondylosis, your physician can work with you to find a treatment option that can help relieve your pain and symptoms.