Spondylosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Spondylosis, Lumbar Spondylosis

  • See Also
  1. Neck Pain
  2. Low Back Pain
  3. Spondylolysis (unrelated, but terms may be confused)
  • Pathophysiology
  • Chronic disc degeneration (disc space narrows)
  1. Vertebrae move closer
    1. Spurs or Osteophytes form at disc edges, Luschka
  2. Foramen Narrows
    1. Nerve root is compressed
    2. Results in mild root inflammation and Swelling
  • Epidemiology
  1. Chronic disorder in older patients
  • Symptoms
  1. Degenerative Disk pain
    1. Worse with spine flexion such as sitting
  2. Facet pain
    1. Worse with spine extension such as standing or walking