Lumbar spondylosis is a degenerative disc disease affecting the spinal joints in the lower back. When working properly, the soft discs between vertebrae provide cushioning, allowing for free movement of the spine. When the discs of the lower back become compressed, it can lead to the development of lumbar spondylosis. This compression can lead to the degeneration of cushioning between the vertebrae, causing contact between bones. Once the protective cushion is gone, bone spurs may develop, giving nerves less room to pass between vertebrae.
Lumbar spondylosis is more common in older patients, and many do not feel symptoms. Some patients may not even be aware of the condition developing in their backs unless their disc compression leads to nerve pressure, causing discomfort and reduced movement. Patients experiencing back pain, difficulty standing or sitting, muscle weakness in the arms or legs, a grinding sensation in the spine, stiffness, or trouble keeping balance could be experiencing symptoms related to lumbar spondylosis.
There are a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques used in the process of diagnosing lumbar spondylosis, including x-ray, MRI, and CT/Myelography. Once diagnosed, a physician can determine the best treatment plan to suit their patient’s needs. Some patients find relief through over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Cold compresses can also provide temporary relief from discomfort associated with lumbar spondylosis. In some cases, patients need the help of a physician specializing in pain management. The pain management physicians at Segura Neuroscience & Pain Management are specially trained to treat a variety of spinal conditions, using treatments such as medial branch blocks and lumbar facet injections to relieve spinal discomfort.