This degenerative disorder may range from mild to severe, causing little (or much) disruption to daily activity. It affects the neck (cervical), mid-back (thoracic) and low-back (lumbar) spinal regions, and possibly discs and facet joints. Find out more about it’s diagnosed and treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age
  • Bone spurs
  • Disc dehydration
  • Herniated discs

Signs & Symptoms

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatments

  • 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.