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Spinal Osteoarthritis, Spondylosis


This condition is a degeneration of the spine that can affect the spine at any level, resulting in pain and discomfort that can grow worse over time.



Causes & Triggers

This condition most commonly results from normal wear and tear associated with aging.

Degeneration Begins
The degeneration process usually begins with the discs. As the body gets older, the spinal discs begin to dry out, lose their elasticity and collapse. The thinning of the discs places stress on the facet joint sand the ligaments that hold the vertebrae together. These structures weaken, allowing the vertebrae to become overly mobile.

Causes of Pain
The vertebrae may begin to shift out of proper alignment and rub against each other. Bony growths called bone spurs may form on the irritated vertebrae. The vertebral shifting and the excess bone growth can reduce the space through which the nerve roots travel, and the nerve roots or the spinal cord can become painfully compressed.

  • Age
  • Bone spurs
  • Disc dehydration
  • Herniated discs

Signs & Symptoms

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatment

  • This condition responds well to non-surgical treatment, including hot and cold packs, exercise, topical ointments, physical therapy, medication and/or steroid injections or blocks.

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