Spondylosis is a painful condition caused by changes in your spine. At Palm Tree Interventional Pain Management in St. Cloud, and Kissimmee, Florida, Jason Song, MD, PhD, offers the most advanced solutions available for painful spine conditions, including spondylosis. If you have back pain or degenerative disc disease, call Palm Tree Interventional Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.
Spondylosis is a common problem that describes spinal degeneration — or arthritis. This condition generally develops because of normal wear and tear on the joints in your spine.
When you have spondylosis, you have changes in your spine that impact its movement and the surrounding nerves. These changes can come from the degeneration of an intervertebral disc or joint, or because of an overgrowth of bone on your vertebrae. It’s also possible to have both of these issues at the same time.
While you can have spondylosis anywhere in your spine, 85% of men and women over 60 have cervical spondylosis, which affects the neck.
The most common signs of spondylosis include:
Your risk of having spondylosis also increases if you’re overweight or obese, have a sedentary lifestyle, or have a family history of the issue. Additional factors that can cause spondylosis include smoking, spinal injuries or spine surgery, or having conditions like psoriatic arthritis.
Dr. Song offers a variety of treatments to address spondylosis symptoms based on the extent of your condition. His whole-body approach to pain management often includes medications, wellness-based integrative techniques, and interventional pain management treatments.
Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Song might recommend over-the-counter pain relief medications or prescription drugs. Common medications used for spondylosis include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, or topical creams.
These complementary therapies often involve treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, massage, and physical therapy.
These therapies might include several specialized techniques, including bracing, epidural steroid injections, nerve block injections, or spinal cord stimulation.
For severe and persistent symptoms that haven’t responded to more conservative treatments, Dr. Song might recommend surgery. These treatments might involve removing tissue that presses against your nerves, replacing a damaged disc, or fusing vertebrae in the area to add stability.
For more information on treating spondylosis, call Palm Tree Interventional Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.