Treatment options may include:
- Laminectomy (removal of lamina, the back part of the vertebra that shrouds the spinal canal)
- Laminotomy (spinal decompression surgery)
- Lumbar Fusion (removal of a damaged disc followed by fusing together two vertebrae)
- Radio Frequency Ablation (the use of radiofrequency to vaporize a damaged nerve)
- Back pain
- Bone spurs
- Bulging discs
- Difficulty walking
- Disc herniations
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Muscle spasms
- Neck pain
- Pain from bending
- Pain from long periods of standing or sitting
- Pinched nerve
- Shooting pain
DIAGNOSIS / TESTS
Diagnostic tests include:
- CAT scan
- Medical history review
- Nerve conduction study
- Physical examination
Common forms include:
- Thoracic spondylosis: (degeneration of the middle of the spine)
- Lumbar spondylosis (degeneration of the lower back)
- Multilevel spondylosis (degeneration of more than one part of the spine)
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Bone spurs
- Dehydrated disks
- Spinal injury
- Herniated disks
- Weakened vertebral discs
- Thoracic spondylosis often does not display symptoms.
- More than 80% of people more than 40 years old are believed to have spondylosis.
- More than 1/4 of people with lumbar spondylosis (spondylosis in the low back) don’t have symptoms.
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