Spondylosis is a degenerative condition affecting the spine that causes severe pain. As an experienced primary care physician at Posture Perfect Wellness Center, Stuart Alexander, MD, provides comprehensive back pain treatment for the Dallas community. To find a solution for your neck or back pain, call Posture Perfect Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online to see how Dr. Alexander can relieve your symptoms today.
Spondylosis, or spinal osteoarthritis, is a common condition associated with aging.
As you age, your body undergoes several changes on a cellular level, causing your discs to lose moisture and shrink. When this occurs in combination with normal wear and tear on your body, bone spurs can develop. Bone spurs are tiny, hard projections that pinch spinal nerve roots in the area and lead to pain and inflammation.
In addition to age-related degeneration, genetics and injuries to the spine can lead to spondylosis.
All areas of the spine can be affected by spondylosis, including the neck, upper and mid back, lower back, and sacrum. Symptoms of spondylosis are most common in the neck and lower back. Pain is common due to bulged or herniated discs pinching nerves. This pain can radiate along the affected nerve and, depending on its location, cause sciatica pain in the leg.
In addition to pain, you might experience stiffness following inactive periods or rest as well as abnormal sensations in your extremities like numbness or tingling.
To diagnose spondylosis, Dr. Alexander performs a thorough physical exam that includes a neurological assessment. During these tests, he reviews the physical appearance of your spine for abnormalities and palpates the area for tightness, spasms, or tenderness. Dr. Alexander also assesses your range of motion bending forward, backward, and side to side.
In addition to physical tests, Dr. Alexander might recommend digital images like CT scans or MRIs. These screenings allow him to look for abnormalities in your spine’s soft tissue and evaluate the height of your disc for signs of degeneration.
Dr. Alexander strives to provide conservative, evidence-based treatment options whenever possible. While spondylosis can be very painful, it often responds favorably to nonsurgical treatments. These might include:
For spondylosis cases that don’t respond to conservative therapies, Dr. Alexander might recommend surgical treatment.
We service patients from all over the DFW area including North Dallas, Addison, Carrollton, Plano, Garland, Irving, Allen, Richardson, and University Park, Highland Park, Frisco and McKinney.
If you have spondylosis, call Posture Perfect Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online today.