Spondylosis, also known as spinal osteoporosis, is a degenerative disease that can affect any region of the spine. It is a common disease that although painful, it is typically not very serious.*
Spinal Osteoporosis is typically associated with getting older. However, a genetic predisposition and/or injury may increase a person’s risk of developing Spondylosis. Our spine doctors at New York Spine Institute have decades of experience treating patients suffering from Spondylosis . We provide the right treatment for your symptoms. We have offices located throughout Greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY. Contact us today for your free consultation.
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Spondylosis is a condition involving changes to the bones, discs, and joints in the neck and back region. This is degenerative disease caused by the normal wear and tear of aging. Spondylosis is very cause and effect. Aging impacts the rate of symptoms however, the way you’re aging can lead to issues regarding the condition down the road.
Risk factors for Spondylosis include:
*genetics- you can be predisposed to this condition if members of your family have suffered from excessive joint and disc wear.
*smoking- cigarette smoking can decrease the amount water between your discs, which can lead to an increased rate of degeneration.*
*spinal injury- any traumatic injuries to parts of the spine can cause intervertebral discs to herniate.
Over 80% of people over the age of 40 have evidence of spondylosis making it a very common condition for individuals typically seeing symptoms between the ages of 20 and 50 years old.
When you meet with one of the NYSI doctors, you will receive a physical examination to check your range of motion, any tender spots you may have, and note any abnormalities in the curvature of your spine. Bringing a medical history is beneficial in noting if it runs in your family and any previous spinal injuries you may have suffered from. A doctor will thoroughly evaluate pain and symptoms.
There’s also various imaging services we offer to diagnose Spondylosis. Alexandra Inglima our head MRI technician will make you feel calm and comfortable during one of our services. Our imaging services include:
CT Scan: Our doctors are able to note any narrowing of the spinal canal and view the spine in greater detail.
MRI: Gives doctors a clearer view the vertebrae, joints, and nerves. This imaging service will be able to note any pinched nerves.
X-Ray: Note any bone spurs and narrowing of intervertebral disc spaces.
Being properly diagnosed is essential in improving one’s quality of life. Contact one of our NYSI doctors to receive proper diagnosis and appropriate proceedings heading forward.
Since Spondylosis is a degenerative disease there is no cure. However, this condition is highly treatable and rarely requires any invasive surgeries. Treatment for Spondylosis falls under various categories such as medication, physical therapy, exercise, and depending on the severity, steroid injections or surgery. Some treatment options include:
*Medication such as anti-inflammatories, pain medications, and muscle relaxers can highly benefit symptoms and offer relief to sufferers.
*Physical Therapy is a great way to prevent uncomfortable flare ups and manage symptoms. This treatment option is used to encourage mobility and movement, decrease pain, restore function and prevent disability in patients with injuries or impairments.* Our head physical therapist Michael Friar, D.P.T. will work closely with you to develop treatment options, proper exercises you may complete at our location, and some you can implement into your daily routine.
*Aside from surgery, an epidural steroid injection or a facet joint injection can help manage acute pain and a possible option aside from surgery. Once you have a consultation with your doctor, you can communicate the best possible option for your symptoms.
*It’s important to note most sufferers of Spondylosis do not require surgery, and this is typically a last resort. In the case that treatment doesn’t respond well it’s important to note Factors such as health and medical history are essential in determining if this is your best option. Check out our surgeries to read up on procedures we offer for Spondylosis such as a Laminectomy.
In response to your treatment, a NYSI will schedule a follow-up to monitor progress or possible other available treatment options. It’s important to understand Spondylosis is irreversible, these treatment options are available to relieve symptoms and improve patient’s quality of life.