Spondylosis Topic Guide
Spondylosis: Spondylosis is stiffening of the spine (vertebrae) as the result of a disease. It is often called osteoarthritis. It refers to degenerative changes such as bone spurs and degenerating intervertebral discs. Cause is usually age related. Symptoms include back or neck pain, tenderness, muscle spasm, numbness, tingling, or sciatica (low back pain with pain down one leg). Treatments target the pain and include medications, self-care, exercise and physical therapy, adjunctive therapies (chiropractic and acupuncture), injections, and surgery.
Back Pain Back pain may be caused by sciatica, a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, injury and pregnancy. Possible symptoms include pain that radiates down the legs, pain that gets worse with activity or at night, or numbness or weakness in the leg. Treatment may involve sleeping with a pillow between the knees or taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
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