Spondylosis is a term that describes a reduction in the space between two spinal discs. This decreased space often leads to the exiting nerve root becoming irritated or impinged. In more severe cases, the shock absorbing inter vertebral discs will completely wear away causing bone on bone contact. This can often lead to spinal fractures and bone spurs.
The intervertebral discs between the spinal vertebrae serve as the shock absorbers of the spine. These discs absorb the heavy loads our bodies demand of our spine. These discs are composed of mostly water and a gelatinous protein. In many instances, these discs can wear out or become desiccated (dry out) and become incapable of performing their functions.
Spondylosis is very common and can also be a result of the aging process. Studies also show that there may be a genetic component involved because some families will have more of these changes over time, while other families will develop less. Spondylosis is often seen in athletes or those whose job involves manual labor. This process is often accelerated by repetitive incidents of high impact collision, heavy forces being exerted on the spine and sports that involve concussive actions anywhere on the body.
Because Spondylosis can occur both in the cervical and lumbar spine the symptoms may vary depending on the location of the condition.
Cervical Spondylosis may result in localized pain, pain that radiates throughout the neck, tingling in the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. In more severe cases, numbness in the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers may occur. You may also experience a decreased range of motion when raising your arms or a sharp pain when you attempt to raise your arms.
Lumbar Spondylosis may result in localized pain, pain that radiates through the middle and lower back, tingling in the thighs, legs or feet. In more severe cases, numbness in the thighs, legs or feet may occur. You may also experience decreased strength and mobility and legs and an inability to walk more than a short distance.
If you, or someone you love, have been suffering from neck or back pain, New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery can help. Contact us today to discuss treatment options. Our goal at New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery is to get you back to a healthy and active lifestyle.