Common symptoms of spondylosis
Spondylosis is the general term used to describe age-related degenerative changes within the spine. These changes typically begin around 50 years old, but can start sooner or progress more rapidly due to obesity, participation in high-impact sports or previous traumatic injury to the spine. Most people do not have spondylosis symptoms when degeneration begins, but as the spine’s joints and discs continue to weaken, symptoms can develop.
Spondylosis symptoms and nerve compression
Most spondylosis symptoms are related to nerve compression in the spine. Spine degeneration can lead to a number of conditions such as a bulging disc, herniated disc, bone spur and others. These problems disrupt the spine’s anatomy and can cause a piece of bone or disc to press on a nerve root or the spinal cord. When this occurs, symptoms may include:
- Localized or radiating pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle weakness
- Reduced range of motion
- Limited mobility
- Difficulty walking when nerve compression occurs in the lower spine
What can I do to manage my spondylosis symptoms?
Those living with the painful symptoms of spondylosis should know that they don’t have to suffer in silence. Conservative treatments like over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication, epidural steroid injections, physical therapy and hot/cold therapy have all proven effective in relieving the symptoms of spondylosis. Additionally, some choose to explore massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation and other forms of alternative treatment. For those who find conservative and alternative treatment ineffective, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Contact us today to learn about the advantages our surgery offers over traditional open spine procedures, which include shorter recovery times and reduced risk of infection and complication.^ If you would like to learn if you are a candidate for our procedures, be sure to request a free MRI review* from our team.