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Spondylosis Specialist

New Tampa Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine

Pain Management & Sports Medicine located in Wesley Chapel, FL

More than 90% of Americans older than 65 show signs of spondylosis, which is a type of arthritis in the spine. At New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Jose De La Torre, MD, offers the most advanced treatments available for complex pain conditions like spondylosis. If you’re living with neck or back pain, or live in or around the North Tampa, Land O' Lakes, Lutz, and Zephyrhills areas, call New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.

Spondylosis Q & A

What is spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a form of arthritis that develops in your spine when you have disc and joint degeneration or bone spurs — or both — in your vertebrae. These changes in your spine interfere with its ability to move and impair nerve function.

The most common form of spondylosis occurs in the neck and is known as cervical spondylosis. Other types include:

  • Thoracic spondylosis in your mid spine
  • Lumbar spondylosis in your lower back
  • Multilevel spondylosis in more than one area

Spondylosis is also sometimes referred to as spinal osteoarthritis.

What causes spondylosis?

Spondylosis is usually due to wear and tear on your spine. Certain factors can increase your risk of this condition, including:

  • Smoking
  • Family history of spondylosis
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • History of spinal injury or spinal surgery
  • Having a mental health condition, like depression

Your chances of developing spondylosis are also higher if you have a job with weight-bearing movements or repetitive activities involving your spine.

What are the symptoms of spondylosis?

Spondylosis doesn’t always cause symptoms, but when they arise, they often include stiffness and pain that worsen with certain movements or prolonged periods of inactivity.

Additional symptoms of spondylosis include:

  • Poor coordination, loss of balance, or difficulty walking
  • Pain and muscle spasms
  • Weakness in your hands or legs
  • A grinding sensation when moving your spine
  • Headaches

In some cases, spondylosis can also cause bladder or bowel control issues.

How is spondylosis treated?

Dr. De La Torre develops a comprehensive treatment strategy for spondylosis based on your symptoms and the severity of your condition. This approach might include integrating low impact exercise or physical therapy to help improve strength and flexibility in the muscles supporting your spine or provide back support options that minimize your pain.

Additional pain management treatments might include:

  • Spinal adjustments or massage
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Medications, like pain relievers or muscle relaxants
  • Topical creams
  • Steroid or trigger point injections to reduce pain and inflammation

For severe symptoms, Dr. De La Torre might recommend surgical treatment to reduce pressure on your affected nerves.

To learn more about spondylosis and the available treatments, call New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.