Spondylosis Symptoms


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If you have spondylosis, any symptoms you experience will depend on the area of your spine that is involved, as well as the part of your nervous system affected in that area.

Overall Symptoms

Overall symptoms of the disc degeneration associated with spondylosis include pain, stiffness, and sensitivity. The specific type of spondylosis, identified by its location in the spine, further determines the symptoms you may experience.

Cervical Spondylosis Symptoms

Symptomatic spondylosis sometimes occurs in your neck area in a part of the spine called the cervical spine. If the condition only affects your spinal nerve roots and not your spinal cord, your problems may include fairly common complaints such as intermittent pain, post-rest stiffness that reduces normal movement in your shoulders or neck, unusual tissue sensitivity in your shoulders or neck, headaches that appear toward the rear of your skull, pain that radiates downward to your shoulders or upper limbs, unusually weak muscles in your shoulders or upper limbs, or tingling in your shoulders or upper limbs.

In some cases, you may also experience a decrease in your ability to keep your body balanced. Pressure on your spinal cord can produce additional spondylosis symptoms that include problems swallowing normally and impaired bowel or bladder function.

Thoracic Spondylosis Symptoms

Spondylosis can also appear in the thoracic spine located in your upper back. Potential indications of this form of the condition include post-rest stiffness that reduces normal flexibility in the middle of your back, pain centered in the middle of your back and pain centered in your upper back. Additionally, you may experience sporadic back pain that only appears when you move your torso in certain ways (e.g., reaching forward or bending your torso forward, backward or sideways).

Symptoms of Lumbar Spondylosis

Spondylosis in your lumbar spine (lower back) can trigger problems that include intermittent pain, more constant pain that gets better when you rest your body, more constant pain that increases when you exert your body, post-rest stiffness that reduces flexibility in your lower back, unusual tissue sensitivity in your lower back, unusual loss of sensation in your lower back and an impaired ability to walk normally.

Lumbar spondylosis can also produce sciatica symptoms such as pain, loss of sensation, loss of muscle strength or tingling anywhere along the course of your sciatic nerve (i.e., from your lower back down to your feet). Spinal cord pressure rarely occurs in your lumbar spine, but when it does your spondylosis symptoms may also include impaired bowel or bladder function.

How is Spondylosis Treated?

Spondylosis treatment depends on you – your specific physiology and how advanced your case is. The North American Spine medical team and your physician will thoroughly evaluate your situation and recommend a treatment plan to provide both maximum relief and minimum recovery time. Treatment plants are grouped into three categories:


Fusion or Stabilization