Much like the rest of your body, your spine experiences degeneration as you get older, a condition referred to as spondylosis. Over time, spondylosis of your spine can lead to other spine conditions. Pain management experts Anh L. Ngo, MD MBA, and Manuel G. Sanchez, MD, at Pain Specialty Group in Newington, New Hampshire, specialize in the management of spondylosis and the related conditions and can devise a treatment plan to reduce pain and improve quality of life. Call the office or book online today to learn more.
Spondylosis refers to abnormal wear-and-tear of the various components that make up your spine as you get older. Each of the vertebrae in your spine is comprised of several parts, including:
Aging may affect any of these components, causing the discs to dry out, the cartilage to wear down, and/or the ligaments thicken. These degenerative conditions indicate spondylosis. Over time, your spondylosis may develop into other conditions, such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or bone spurs.
You might not experience any symptoms with spondylosis, but it’s a common degenerative condition that affects as many as 85% of adults over age 60 in the United States. However, as the condition progresses and leads to other spinal conditions, you may experience:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and they’re not improving with time, the team at Pain Specialty Group can evaluate your neck or back and develop an effective treatment plan.
Treatment for your spondylosis may depend on the severity of your symptoms and the degree of degeneration in your spine. The team at Pain Specialty Group conducts comprehensive evaluations, which may include diagnostic imaging, to fully understand the extent of your degeneration so they can develop the most effective plan.
Conservative treatments are usually the first plan of action and may include over-the-counter pain medication and physiotherapy. The experienced pain management team may also offer interventional pain management treatments to aid in pain control.
If you fail to get relief with conservative measures, surgery may be recommended. The type of surgery used to treat spondylosis depends on the severity of your condition and may include discectomies, laminectomies, or laminoplasty.
In addition to managing degenerative back conditions, the experienced team at Pain Specialty Group also provides expert pain management for those who’ve failed to get relief from their pain or symptoms following surgery. This occurrence is sometimes referred to as failed back surgery syndrome.
The experienced team offers the most innovative pain management options, from medication to injections to spinal cord stimulators.
Spondylosis is common and may lead to back conditions that cause chronic pain. For expert care of your back pain from a respected and experienced team, contact Pain Specialty Group or request an appointment online today.