As we age, we can all experience breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the joints of our body. This painful condition is known as arthritis and is known as spondylosis when it occurs in the spine. Spondylosis can result in disc degeneration, pinched nerves and narrowing of the spinal nerve canals.
Heavy lifting, sitting for long periods of time or bending may exacerbate the pain. Patients may experience pain, stiffness, weakness, numbness or limitation in their mobility. This condition can be diagnosed by MRI.
Initial treatment for spondylosis or spinal arthritis is anti-inflammatory medications. Other treatment options include epidural steroid injections, physical therapy and weight management. In some cases, surgery may be indicated to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves.