Spondylosis symptoms and causes
Spondylosis is the umbrella term used by physicians to refer to the various degenerative spinal conditions that occur as part of the natural aging process. Spinal degeneration commonly begins around middle age, though symptoms may not manifest until the individual’s condition has progressed significantly. Some common conditions associated with spondylosis include spinal osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease.
The spondylosis symptoms an individual may experience will greatly depend on the specific condition that is causing their spinal degeneration, as well as the location of the condition. One of the most common symptoms of spondylosis is nerve compression, as a variety of degenerative spinal conditions can cause the spine’s discs or other parts to compress a nerve root or the spinal cord itself.
Symptoms of nerve compression due to spondylosis may include:
- Chronic pain or tenderness at the site of the compressed nerve
- Pain that radiates along the compressed nerve’s pathway
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling
Because the term spondylosis refers to the gradual degeneration of the spine, it is not a far leap to say that the most common cause of spondylosis is aging.
Over time, the bending, twisting and turning that the spine endures on a daily basis causes different parts of the spine, such as the vertebrae, joints and discs, to wear down. Furthermore, while most people experience some level of spinal deterioration as they age, certain lifestyle factors can cause spinal degeneration to happen at a faster rate. Some factors that make an individual prone to spondylosis include:
- Participation in high-impact sports, such as football or hockey
- Participation in sports that demand repetitive bending or twisting motions, like golf or baseball
- Working jobs that require long periods of sitting, driving or lifting
While many patients are able to combat the symptoms of spondylosis through a regimen of conservative treatment, others may need surgery to reduce their pain and improve their quality of life. Patients who find themselves in this position should consult with the physicians at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is often the clinically appropriate first choice over traditional open spine surgery and provides many advantages comparatively, including less surgical blood loss and a reduced risk of infection.
To learn more about the minimally invasive, outpatient procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. We can provide you with a no-cost review* of your MRI to determine if you are a candidate for our procedures.