Spondylosis isn't a single disease, but a collective term for conditions that cause degeneration of the spine. It's a common cause of back pain, especially for older people, but the team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC in St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township, Michigan, provide a range of effective treatments for the causes of spondylosis. If back or neck pain is giving you sleepless nights, call the practice today to schedule your appointment, or use the online booking tool.
Spondylosis Q & A
What is spondylosis?
Spondylosis is an umbrella term for conditions that cause degeneration of the spine, such as:
Facet joint osteoarthritis
Degenerative disc disease
As you age, the flexible discs that cushion your vertebrae start to dry out, becoming thinner and harder and sometimes breaking down. This can lead to an increase in pressure in the spine and change the way your spine moves, both of which can cause back or neck pain.
How is spondylosis diagnosed?
CT (computed tomography) scan
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan
Myelogram (X-ray or CT using dye)
Nerve conduction studies
How is spondylosis treated?
Facetectomy - removal of the facet joint
Foraminotomy - increasing space in the foramen
Laminectomy - removing all or part of the lamina
Laminotomy - enlarging the space in the lamina