Common Back
Conditions

Spondylosis

What is it?

Spondylosis is also known as degenerative osteoarthritis affecting the vertebrae (bones) in the spine. Aging is the main cause of this disease as a consequence of repetitive strain, “wear and tear”. It can affect any area of the spine from the cervical (neck) area to the lower spine.

Symptoms

Pain and stiffness of the spine are the most common symptoms. In the most severe cases neurological (nerve related) symptoms can also be present, such as spinal cord injury (leading to general muscle weakness and lack of sensation below the affected area) and root injury (leading to weakness and lack of sensation along a specific nerve)

Treatments

Depending on the area affected, different Orthosis are used:

• A collar is used to relive neck pain and improve head position, especially at night.

• If the pain is in the lumbar region, a Lumbar Sacral Orthosis (LSO) is used.

The use of an Orthosis is restricted to a minimum, usually a week at the time, as overuse can weaken the spinal muscles causing patients to have to wear it permanently.