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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Spondylosis (Overview)

Degenerative changes of the spine.


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What causes spondylosis?

What causes spondylosis?

Spondylosis means : Degenerative changes of the spine that occur primarily with age but can be accelerated by other factors such as smoking, deformity, obesity to name a few. Genetics can also play a role. Sometimes it can lead to instability and deformity or even spinal stenosis. Disc surgery will accelerate the process as can a fusion leading to adjacent level changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
33 doctors shared insights

Spondylosis (Overview)

Degenerative changes of the spine.


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Can my spondylosis ever go away?

Can my spondylosis ever go away?

Spondylosis: Unfortunately.. once you have spondylosis (or arthritis of the spine), you have what you have. There is no way to reverse the process, although this does not mean 'pain'... There are lots of people with terrible spines and no pain, and vice versa. 'Motion is Lotion' I often say to people with spondylosis and mild flexibility exercises and lots of walking are typically helpful. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can spondylosis be cured and how?

No: Spondylosis itself is a term used to describe degeneration of the spine. Though the symptoms associated with spondylosis (back pain, leg pain, sciatia, etc) can be cured or treated, the spondylosis itself cannot be cured. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure spondylosis?

Is there a way to cure spondylosis?

Normal aging process: Spondylosis refers to degenerative changes in the spine such as bone spurs and degenerating intervertebral discs and facet joints. It something that is expected. Just as we expect our skin to wrinkle as we get older. It is part of normal aging process. So everyone will have progressive spondylosis as they get older -- even starting as early as the second decade of life. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to relieve spondylosis pain?

Options: Pt/core strengthening medications injection therapies to the facet joints healthy lifestyle: tobacco cessation, weight loss other: manual manipulation/massage/acupuncture. ...Read more

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Spondylosis - i need tips on management of this?

Spondylosis - i need tips on management of this?

Don't age but also : It is a x-ray term used to described normal aging process of the spine. It may not cause any symptoms. However, smoking and being overweight can accelerate rate of it occurring which can then lead to symptoms which are best managed by smoking cessation, weight control and regular exercise including core strengthening, flexibility and cardiovascular routines. ...Read more

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What is spondylosis of lumber and how is it treated?

What is spondylosis of lumber and how is it treated?

Aging: Some trees grow burls when they grow older. Some spines grow bone spurs when they grow older. Spondylosis describes the bone spurs and bulges on our aging spine (as seen on xrays). One way of looking at them is they are (beneficial) internal re-inforcements. They sometimes cause trouble when pinching and pushing on nerves or spinal cord but for the most part they are harmless. ...Read more

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What are the causes of spondylosis in younger adults?

What are the causes of spondylosis in younger adults?

Spondylosis means : Degenerative changes of the spine that occur primarily with age but can be accelerated by other factors such as smoking, deformity, obesity to name a few. Genetics can also play a role. Trauma has been shown to accelerate changes including whiplash. Disc surgery will accelerate the process as can a fusion leading to adjacent level changes. ...Read more

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What is anterior spondylosis, and how sercious is it?

What is anterior spondylosis, and how sercious is it?

Spondylosis means : Degenerative changes of the spine that occur primarily with age but can be accelerated by other factors such as smoking, deformity, obesity to name a few. Genetics can also play a role. Anterior refers to the front part if the spine typically meaning bone spurs forming off the disc space edges or vertebral body endplates. Sometimes it can lead to instability and deformity or even spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i would like to ask about spondylosis?

I would suggest: that you ask a specific and clear question about spondylosis. Can clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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How is someone diagnosed with spondylosis? What are the signs?

Spondylosis is not : Really a diagnosis but a medical term meaning degeneration of the spine seen on imaging studies which everyone develops over time. Sometimes this degeneration can lead to other issues creating pain. ...Read more

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Is it ok to ride a rode bike or do a triathlon with spondylosis? I'm in great shape

Is it ok to ride a rode bike  or do a triathlon with spondylosis? I'm in great shape

Absolutely: As long as you are not having symptoms such as severe back pain, leg pain, numbness or weakness, you can certainly log the miles on your bike. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you live a normal active life with spondylosis? Like triathlons and other activities?

Arthritis: Spondylosis refers to arthritis of the spine due to wear and tear and afflicts many people. Your activity capabilities depend on the extent of loss of flexibility and degree of pain which would put limits on your performance. This is different from spondylitis which is a more inflammatory process requiring more aggressive therapy and usually limits activities much more severely and is rarer. ...Read more

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Can anyone at any age develop spondylosis? Can spondylosis develop in anybody regardless of their age? .

Yes: As you drive a car, you expect that your tires will be more worn 9 months after driving on it, when compared to 3 months of driving it. You expect skin to start wrinkling more and more as we get older. Spondylosis implies degenerative arthritis of the spine joints. It is expected that as you go from age 10 to 20 to 40 to 60 to 80, amount of spondylosis increases. It is normal aging, and expected. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only option for spondylosis?

Is surgery the only option for spondylosis?

No!: Spondylosis is degeneration of the spine. It is also called spine arthritits. It normally occurs to some extent in everyone, depending on genes, lifestyle (exercise, occupation, recreation, smoking). Almost everyone living to 65 years or more will have some degree of spondylosis. It may not cause any symptoms such as pain. A healthy lifestyle with regular exercise often is enough for many folks. ...Read more

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Are spondylosis and spondylothesis the same thing?

Are spondylosis and spondylothesis the same thing?

No spondylosis is : Spine degeneration with aging but accelerated by factors such as smoking, deformity, obesity to name a few. Genetics play a role. It may lead to instability ; deformity or even spinal stenosis. Disc surgery will accelerate process as can a fusion leading to adjacent level changes. Spondylolithesis is an instability of spine that can arise from spondylosis but can be genetic or from injury. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is a permanent cure for spondylosis ?

I need to know if there is a permanent cure for spondylosis ?

Manage: First, this just means degeneration of the spine which happens normally as we age ; does not necessarily lead to pain. If it does, you can manage arthritis rather than "cure" it. If it is a generalized problem you first need to identify what the arthritis is: rheumatoid, osteoarthritis etc. If osteoarthritis, weight control, smoking cessation ;exercise are important . Otherwise, see your doc. ...Read more

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How to know if I have cervical (neck) spondylosis?

Imaging : An MRI of the cervical spine can answer your question. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more