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Spondylosis (cont.)

Spondylosis Follow-up

Your doctor may want you to schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your response to treatment. Routine follow-up imaging, such as X-ray, CT, or MRI, are usually unnecessary. The exception is a change in symptoms that may change therapy, such as new onset sciatica or new onset pain radiating down one arm.

Spondylosis Prevention

Spondylosis is a degenerative process, and there is no known method to prevent the degenerative pathologic process. However, some measures may be helpful to prevent the neck and back pain that spondylosis may cause.

Spondylosis Prognosis

Generally the prognosis of spondylosis is favorable. Many people with spondylosis do not have any symptoms. Of those who develop back or neck pain due to spondylosis, most improve within a few weeks of the onset of their symptoms. Few people go on to develop chronic pain due to spondylosis.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2015

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