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Lumbar spondylosis is a general term that describes degeneration of the spine — “spondy” meaning spine and “losis” meaning problem. The symptoms often associated with this spinal degeneration include:
- Muscle weakness
These symptoms can begin in your lower back and radiate through your buttocks, hips, legs, feet and toes, depending on the severity of the nerve compression caused by your lumbar spondylosis. The type of symptoms that develop could also depend on the cause of your condition. For example, the general deterioration of the spine could take the form of spinal arthritis, degenerative disc disease or the breakdown of the vertebrae.
To fully understand the cause of your pain and to begin finding a treatment, you should schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss your symptoms and receive a proper diagnosis of your condition.
Describing pain to your physician
When you meet with your physician about your lower back pain, you can expect to undergo a full physical exam and answer questions about your medical history and lumbar spondylosis symptoms.
Below are a few questions you can expect:
- Where do you experience pain? Mostly in your hips and buttocks? Mostly in one or both legs?
- How frequently do your symptoms occur? All day? Sporadically? Only after rigorous activity?
- What is the nature of your symptoms? Burning? Throbbing? Tingling? Sharp pain?
- Is there a certain time of day when your spondylosis symptoms are worse?
- Are you currently taking any over-the-counter medications to alleviate your symptoms?
- Are there any activities that you are prevented from doing because of your lower back pain?
- On a scale of 1 – 10, how disruptive are your lumbar spondylosis symptoms to your life?
- How often do you exercise? Describe your diet. Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
Treating lumbar spondylosis symptoms
Keep in mind that lumbar spondylosis is not a diagnosis. Your physician will need to find the specific condition, like a herniated disc, a bulging disc, bone spurs or spondylolisthesis, which is the root cause of painful symptoms, to accurately recommend a treatment.
In many cases, a program of conservative, nonsurgical treatment will be enough to successfully manage your spondylosis symptoms. These treatments can include physical therapy and pain medication, as well as other nonsurgical methods of pain relief.
In some cases, when lower back pain continues despite an extended period of conservative treatment, surgery may become an option. Laser Spine Institute
Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative for patients considering traditional open back surgery for lumbar pain. Our minimally invasive spine surgery offers a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication compared to traditional procedures.
Depending on the severity of your lumbar spondylosis, our team may recommend a minimally invasive decompression surgery or a minimally invasive stabilization surgery. We can discuss these options with you after we review your MRI report or CT scan to determine if you are a candidate for our procedures.
Take the next step on your journey to pain relief today. Contact Laser Spine Institute and learn about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery.