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Symptoms and Signs of Spondylosis

Doctor's Notes on Spondylosis

Spondylosis refers to degeneration of the disc spaces between the vertebrae of the spinal column. Aging is the most common cause of spondylosis. With normal aging, the dics start to lose moisture and become shrunken. Spondylosis can affect different regions of the spine in both the neck and back, and it can be present in more than one area of the spine. Cervical spondylosis refers to degeneration of the disc spaces between the vertebrae of the neck.

Spondylosis may be mild and not lead to any specific symptoms or signs. When it is severe, it can cause pain and stiffness or decreased range of motion of the spine. In some cases, spondylosis results in a narrowing of the area of the spinal cord and the nerve roots exiting from the spinal cord. If these nerves are pinched or compressed, associated symptoms can include weakness, numbness, or tingling in the extremities, gait disturbances, coordination problems, or loss of bowel or bladder control.

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Medically Reviewed on 8/13/2019

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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