Overview: Spondylosis is a disease that most commonly refers to any type of spinal degeneration. This can occur at the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. This condition is more generally used as a description for someone experiencing pain and spine degeneration, not necessarily as a diagnosis. This condition could be a broad description for facet joint osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disk disease.
-Neck stiffness and pain.
-Headache that may originate in the neck.
-Pain in the shoulder or arms.
-Inability to fully turn the head or bend the neck, sometimes interfering with -driving.
-Grinding noise or sensation when the neck is turned.
-Back or buttock pain.
-Pain that runs from the lower back down one or both legs.
-Numbness or weakness in one or both legs.
-Leg, back, or buttock pain that gets worse when you bend over or twist.
-Loss of bladder or bowel control, in rare cases.
Treatments: There is no way to reverse the effects of this disorder because it is a degenerative disorder, but the pain can be controlled bymedications,exerciseand physical therapy, adjunctive therapies (chiropractics and acupuncture), minimally invasive procedures (injections), and surgery. The team at Colorado Brain and Spine Institute offers options in conservative management and advanced techniques for definitive treatment. We will evaluate your clinical presentation and correlate the findings with your radiographic findings to offer a treatment plan. Various techniques including minimally invasive spine surgery are used to improve quality of life.