Spondylosis Diagnosis and Treatment from Our Top-Rated Medical Team in New Jersey

Chart Of Spinal Conditions Such As SpondylosisKnown as arthritis of the spine, spondylosis is the result of age-related changes in the vertebrae and discs, often known as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease. While spondylosis doesn’t always cause symptoms, these age-related changes commonly cause other spine conditions, making treatment imperative. At Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics’ locations throughout New Jersey, patients can find an accurate diagnosis for their condition through our multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach and begin a treatment plan that can help minimize painful symptoms and prevent further spinal damage.
The spine experts at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics can help patients minimize painful symptoms associated with spondylosis.

Signs and Symptoms of Spondylosis

A degenerative disc disease can occur at any level of the spine but most commonly occurs in the lower back (lumbar) or neck (cervical) regions of the spine. As the jelly-like fluid within a spinal disc dries out due to age-related deterioration or trauma, the disc becomes weak. It can then tear or herniate, a condition called herniated disc. The resulting disc space can collapse leading to height loss and nerve impingement. It also causes increased pressure on the spinal cord, which needs to urgently be evaluated by a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic spine surgeon.

While some patients with spondylosis experience no symptoms, others may notice a range of different ailments, including:

  • Muscle spasms and/or weakness
  • Stiffness, tingling, and/or numbness
  • Symptoms such as pain, numbness, or tingling sensation radiating into the arms or legs
  • Loss of balance and/or difficulty walking
  • Popping and/or grinding sensations when moving
  • Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
  • Headaches, vertigo, nausea, and/or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a neurosurgeon, orthopedic spine surgeon, or pain management doctor immediately to determine the cause.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Through evaluation and compassion, the award-winning experts at Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics can determine the most beneficial treatment options for spondylosis or any spine-related ailment. CNSO physicians will assess each patient’s condition, first determining the source of discomfort. If the physical examination clearly identifies a muscle-related cause, no imaging will be necessary. But if there is a concern over nerve impingement or a structural abnormality, in order to create the most effective treatment plan, an image, such as MRIs or CT scans, will be ordered. The image will provide insight into the unique anatomy and help to determine whether the symptoms result from a degenerative spine condition or another pain-related spine or brain disorder.

When it comes to treating spondylosis, it’s crucial to understand the nuances of the condition. For instance, if a lumbar disc has spondylosis, the pain worsens when seated or bending forward, and if the facet joint is affected as well, standing or bending backward can also be uncomfortable. Patients may even experience disc arthritis and facet arthritis simultaneously, and the condition of some may evolve into something more serious, like spondylolisthesis. These important, yet subtle, differences guide our physicians toward creating the most appropriate treatment plan for each case, which may include options such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain management
  • Medications including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants
  • Steroidal injections
  • Medial nerve branch blocks
  • Rhizotomy
  • Surgical treatments such as laminectomy, fusion, discectomy, or other surgical procedures

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At Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics, our team consists of board-certified neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, physiatrists, pain management doctors, and physical therapists, who all work collectively to provide CNSO patients with the best possible outcomes. CNSO experts understand the signs and symptoms of spondylosis and how it affects daily life. We can assess your pain and provide the treatment you or your loved one deserves on the same day.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine & Orthopedics today. We are accepting new patients at multiple locations across New Jersey, spanning Bergen and Passaic to Morris and Hudson County.

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