Spondylosis is a nonspecific degenerative process of the spine. The term spondylosis is generally used to describe arthritis of the spine and typical associated characteristics. Spinal arthritis or spinal osteoarthritis refers to inflammation resulting from the age-related breakdown of bone and cartilage of the spinal column. Weight bearing joints within the spinal column are most commonly affected. This arthritic condition may result in spinal deformities, restricted mobility, and pressure on nerve roots and possibly on the spinal cord. This could lead to neck and/or low back pain, extremity pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. Pressure on the spinal cord is more serious and could lead to generalized weakness, loss of balance, difficulty with coordination, gait dysfunction, and loss or bladder and/or bowel control. In the majority of cases, spondylosis is the result of normal wear and tear of the spinal joints. For example, as the body ages, intervertebral discs dry out and become less elastic. Spinal ligaments begin to tighten, stiffen, and hypertrophy (thicken), and joints between the vertebrae begin to degenerate. Degenerative spondylosis is usually unavoidable; however a healthy lifestyle may help to delay its onset. Genetics also plays a role in some cases, as spondylosis may be hereditary.
Treatment for Spondylosis
Although the majority of individuals greater than 50 years old have radiographic evidence of spondylosis, only a small percentage will experience neurologic symptoms. Physical therapy and pain medication are often used to treat spondylosis symptoms. Surgical intervention is reserved for conditions that are not responsive to conservative treatment. Generally, surgical intervention efforts are directed toward releasing pressure on the nerves or spinal cord that results from a degenerative spinal column.
At Princeton Neurological Surgery, Dr. Lipani is a board certified fellowship trained spine surgeon in New Jersey who performs minimally invasive spine surgery as well as complex spinal procedures. Dr. Lipani is a specialist in the treatment for spondylosis and many other degenerative spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, low back pain, neck pain, spinal tumors, spinal cancer and more. Dr. Lipani treats patients from around the world, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey including locally from Princeton, New Brunswick, Hopewell, Pennington and communities throughout Somerset, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth and Mercer Counties for spondylosis. Dr. Lipani offers image guided spine surgery approaches for spondylosis treatment, tailored to the needs of each patient. For state-of-the-art spondylosis treatment, call or email us to schedule a consultation at our offices in Hamilton, New Jersey or Bridgewater, New Jersey!