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What Is Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a general term meaning “degeneration of the spinal column.” It is commonly referred to as “spinal arthritis.”


There is no exact diagnosis of spondylosis, but a physician may use spondylosis as an umbrella term to refer to one or more of several specific conditions relating to spinal degeneration. These conditions may be responsible for the degeneration of the spine, or they may be a painful result of spinal degeneration.


These conditions include:


  • Arthritis of the Spine – inflammation of the joints of the spine
  • Degenerative Disc Disease – the gradual degeneration of vertebral discs
  • Spinal Stenosis – an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Herniated Disc (also called Ruptured, Slipped, or Collapsed Disc) – a condition in which disc material deforms and leaks out through the outer covering that normally contains it
  • Bulging Disc – deterioration in the shape of a disc, causing it to press outward against its outer covering
  • Bone Spurs – overgrowths of spinal bone


If you have been told that you have spondylosis or one of the conditions within the umbrella, you may be a candidate for a North American Spine procedure.


Symptoms of Spondylosis

Spondylosis has a range of symptoms as large as the conditions it encompasses. These broadly include:


Common symptoms of Spondylosis include:

  • In the lumbar spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet
  • In the cervical spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the neck, arms, hands, and sometimes in the head
  • In the thoracic spine (less common): pain in the mid or upper back, radiating through the stomach or chest, which patients often confuse for cardiovascular problems


Prior to having a surgical procedure to treat your spondylosis, conservative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and steroid injections should be attempted. If these measures do not meaningfully relieve your pain, a North American Spine procedure may be in order.

Causes of Spondylosis

Spondylosis is what is often called a “secondary disorder,” meaning it is the result of other harmful processes. Here are common causes:


Additional common Spondylosis causes include:

  • Age-related wear and tear, which can lead to Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Other conditions, such as arthritis, bone spursherniated discsspondylolisthesis and others
  • Back or neck strain due to repetitive physical activity, poor posture, imbalances in the musculature, or heavy lifting
  • Direct physical injury such as a car accident or fall
  • Genetics, whether or not the symptoms appeared in your parents

Treatment of Spondylosis

North American Spine has successfully treated thousands of cases of spondylosis. Because we treat every patient as an individual, treatment plans will vary. To see a list of our procedures, click the button below.

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