Spondylosis is a blanket term for age-related wear and tear in the spine that may cause pain.
As the cartilage in your joints wears out and discs lose volume and become dried or cracked, your bones start to rub against each other with no support or lubrication. This creates bone spurs, which may cause pain and permanent joint damage. Spondylosis is also known as spinal osteoarthritis. This condition can affect any section of the spine but more commonly affects the cervical spine. Spinal degeneration is a natural part of aging that may or may not cause pain. Some living with this condition experience severe, chronic pain, while others experience intermittent pain. Others may be completely asymptomatic. Spondylosis affects everyone differently and may evolve. Some patients may find their symptoms worsen over time, while others see no longitudinal change in their pain.
Many living with spondylosis may experience small flares of their condition, while others live in constant, chronic pain.
Sudden movements or transitioning from positions can trigger symptoms. Common symptoms of spondylosis include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about the following information:
Your healthcare professional will conduct a physical examination to examine your back’s range of motion, flexibility, and strength. They will check your reflexes, muscle strength, and how you walk. They may send you for imaging tests, such as:
More than 85% of people age 60 or older live with cervical spondylosis.
Risk factors for developing spondylosis include:
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