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.
Slipped Disk An abnormal, injured, or degenerated vertebral disk that has protruded against nerve fibers is called a slipped, prolapsed, ruptured, or herniated disk. A slipped disk may cause symptoms such as pain down the back of the leg (sciatica), numbness or weakness. Treatment may include applying hot or cold packs, limiting activity, taking pain relievers, stretching, performing strengthening exercises, physical therapy, massage, or surgery.