Spondylosis (sometimes called a “collapsed disc”) is a term that describes a reduction in the space between two spinal vertebrae. This reduction in space leads to the exiting nerve root becoming irritated or impinged by the intervertebral disc or vertebrae. This irritation is often the cause of the pain that radiates through the extremities.
In more severe cases, the inter vertebral discs will completely wear away deteriorate causing bone on bone contact. This can often lead to spinal fractures and bone spurs. As the condition progresses it can begin to increase pressure or irritate the nerve roots exiting the spine.
Spondylosis is often seen in athletes or those whose job involves manual labor and repetitive motion. This process is can be accelerated by incidents of high impact collision, heavy forces on the spine and sports that involve concussive actions anywhere on the body.
Spondylosis can occur both in the cervical and lumbar spine and the symptoms may vary depending on the location.
Signs and symptoms of Spondylosis can include:
- Chronic back or neck pain
- Pain that radiates into the extremities (radiculopathy)
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities