Spondylosis Treatment in San Leandro
Wear, tear and aging can all impact the spine, resulting in degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis and disc disease. Spondylosis encompasses degeneration conditions of the spine, including spinal osteoarthritis. This disease is progressive as the spine deteriorates with age, usually affecting older individuals. For those with symptomatic spondylosis, treatment in San Leandro, CA, is available at Allied Pain & Spine Institute.
Spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis, like all arthritis, does not have a cure. The degenerative condition is linked to wear and tear that occurs in the facet joints of the spine over the years. Individuals who have a family history of osteoarthritis are at higher risk for this disease. Other risk factors include obesity and previous injuries to the spine.
Many people have spondylosis without any symptoms. It may be present within the spine without any pain or mobility issues, but eventually most people with the disease will have some symptoms. The most common symptoms include stiffness and pain in the neck or lower back as the facet joints begin to deteriorate.
Spondylosis can result in bone spurs and thickened ligaments that can press on nerve roots. The most common areas are the cervical and lumbar spine. If the nerves are pinched or compressed there may be radiating pain, numbness, weakness or tingling into the arms, hands or legs. Spondylosis can contribute to other spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis.
While there is not a cure for spondylosis, there are treatments to relieve symptoms and slow the degeneration of the spine. Reducing inflammation in the facet joints with medications or injections can relieve pain and improve mobility. Physical therapy and lifestyle changes also reduce stress on the spine to manage the deterioration. In severe cases, spine surgery may be needed if bone spurs or other complications are compressing nerves.
If you have symptoms of spondylosis, do not wait to seek treatment. Allied Pain & Spine Institute can help manage this disease to minimize symptoms and slow the progression. Contact our team at our San Leandro, CA, medical center to schedule an appointment.