Arthritis is a degenerative disease that can cause pain, reduce the body’s range of motion and limit mobility. Through the degenerative process, areas of bone and cartilage decay and calcify, leading to the fusion of bone and the formation of bone spurs. These boney growths have rough surfaces, which press into the nerves of the surrounding area causing pain. Spondylosis is a term used to describe arthritis of the spine. It affects various regions of the vertebral bones, which are the bones of the spine. Spondylosis can affect many different levels of the spine leading to lumbar, cervical, and/or thoracic spondylosis. The identifying symptoms include neck and back pain, stiffness or muscle weakness, fatigue, and a tingling sensation in the affected area. Areas of the vertebral bones that can be affected by this arthritic process are the facet joints. These types of joints connect each adjacent vertebral body. Through these joints run nerves. Arthritis in these joints can cause pinched nerves. This is specifically referred to as “facet joint syndrome”.
Over fifty percent of middle-aged individuals have spondylosis. Many factors may trigger multilevel spondylosis. The causes range from genetics to lifetime cumulative wear and tear, poor lifestyle habits, obesity, or high impact sports. Facet joint syndrome is a very common occurrence. With the six convenient locations across northern New Jersey, including Paramus, NJ, the team of spine experts at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics have years of experience treating all types of spine conditions including spondylosis and facet joint pain.
Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics Treats Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Spondylosis, Lumbar Spondylosis, and Facet Joint Syndrome
Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics’s team of spine experts accurately diagnose all conditions of the spine. If the personal history is conclusive and the symptoms demonstrate the opportunity for successful treatment with physical therapy or other conservative management, then the specialists at CNSO would recommend conservative care. If the symptoms are severe or compounded, radiographic imaging may be required to know whether there is more than one spine condition occurring and to understand whether relief of symptoms through conservative care is possible. For example, sometimes, spondylosis can affect multiple different vertebral bodies. In this situation, the condition is called, “multilevel spondylosis.”
Our compassionate team of board-certified neurosurgeons, physiatrist and pain management doctors will treat all patients, including those in the surrounding Paramus area with physical therapy and pain management as a first line of treatment but only if they firmly believe it would improve their condition. If the only chance the patient has for the relief of symptoms requires the removal of the arthritic area or the removal of pressure off of the pinched nerves (called a decompression) that is confirmed with radiographic images, our neurosurgeons are the forefront leaders in minimally invasive surgery that will allow the patient a quick return back to their normal lifestyle.
Patients in Paramus, NJ along with the surrounding areas of Morris and Essex County can seek relief from chronic multilevel spondylosis or any cause of back pain from the experts at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics. If you are suffering neck or back pain, contact us to help you determine the correct diagnosis and fastest treatment options. Call (973) 633-1122 today for your consultation with New Jersey’s best team of spine neurosurgeons.