8 doctors weighed in:
Is surgery the only option for spondylosis?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Most patients with spondylosis respond to conservative management, such as physical therapy, medications, and home exercise programs.
In appropriate patients with more severe pathology, procedures such as epidurals, nerve blocks, and facet blocks/rhizotomies may lessen symptoms. Surgery is a last option for cases with poor response to non-operative methods.

In brief: No
Most patients with spondylosis respond to conservative management, such as physical therapy, medications, and home exercise programs.
In appropriate patients with more severe pathology, procedures such as epidurals, nerve blocks, and facet blocks/rhizotomies may lessen symptoms. Surgery is a last option for cases with poor response to non-operative methods.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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