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 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:
Spondylosis is also sometimes referred to as spinal osteoarthritis.
Spondylosis is usually due to wear and tear on your spine. Certain factors can increase your risk of this condition, including:
Your chances of developing spondylosis are also higher if you have a job with weight-bearing movements or repetitive activities involving your spine.
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:
In some cases, spondylosis can also cause bladder or bowel control issues.
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:
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.