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What is Spondylosis?

In the broadest sense, it is simply spinal degeneration or arthritis. As a person advances in age, and puts their body through the strain of daily physical activity, the spine will inevitably begin to degenerate. Spinal degeneration can also happen at an accelerated rate due to repetitive stress injuries or trauma. More specifically Spondylosis is osteoarthritis of the spine.

It develops when the discs in between the vertebrae lose their ability to absorb shock, causing the bones to bear a more direct load. In turn, the vertebrae will become more brittle. As the vertebrae bear more of a load they may develop bone spurs, putting pressure on adjoining nerves and therefore causing pain. Spondylosis is also known simply as, spinal arthritis.

What You Need To Know About Spondylosis

Spondylosis is nearly inevitable and not due to any negligence on the part of the patient, it is simply a part of aging. There is no cure for Spondylosis and patients may feel its symptoms for years. However, those symptoms can be managed over time.

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Symptoms of Spondylosis

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Issues with Balance
  • Stiffness, more pronounced in the morning
  • Strange or lack of sensation on the feet, legs, arms and shoulders
  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
  • This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms you should schedule and appointment right away.

Diagnosis of Spondylosis

Scheduling an appointment at Progressive Spine and Orthopaedics is the first step. During your appointment you will receive an accurate diagnosis of your Spondylosis and receive advice on the best course of treatment available to you.

Your exam will include the taking of a medical history and several physical tests. Other diagnostic tests such as x-rays, CT scans, or MRI’s may also be used.

Treatment of Spondylosis

Spondylosis symptoms usually improve with options such as physical therapy, pain medication, regular exercise, and massage.

As always, surgery is a last resort and will only be used when absolutely necessary. Dr. Joshua Rovner will discuss all your treatment options during your examination and find the right treatment plan for you.

Your New Jersey Spine Surgeon for Spondylosis Treatment

As an award-winning New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Joshua Rovner delivers comprehensive treatment for Spondylosis, with both surgical and non-surgical options. Board certified to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Rovner is among few spine surgeons in NJ with depth of experience and expertise for treatment of spinal conditions along with advanced and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. Schedule a consultation today and contact us.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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