The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. They have extensive experience in treating degenerative problems pf the spine, including Spondylosis.


Spondylosis refers to a medical condition which involves degeneration of the spine. It is generally considered to be an age related disease caused due to prolonged wear and tear of the spinal cord, the cartilages and the inter-vertebral discs. Other factors that may determine the onset of this condition are body mass, level of physical activity, lifestyle patterns, consumption of alcohol, smoking, height and weight. The vertebrae have smooth margins but bone growths termed as osteophytes, may start projecting horizontally on them. This may put stress on the nerve endings as well as the spinal cord causing pain and restricted movement. Spondylosis is called Cervical Spondylosis if it affects only the neck and Lumbar Spondylosis if it occurs in any other part of the spine. The condition is usually not fatal but can hamper the level of physical activity and daily routine of the patient.

Causes Of Spondylosis

  • Formation of bone spurs may put pressure on the spine
  • Poor Postural habits
  • Medical conditions such as Osteoporosis, Spinal Stenosis, Arthritis, compression fracture, Fibromyalgia or Infectious Spondylitis etc.
  • Shrinking or drying out of spinal discs that enhances friction between the bones (vertebrae)
  • Stiffening of ligaments within the spinal cord
  • Herniated or bulging discs that stress the spinal cord and its nerves
  • Inherent defects of the spine
  • Injury to the spine or neck

Symptoms Of Spondylosis

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck or back
  • Nausea
  • Lack of balance or coordination in the body
  • Dizziness
  • Disrupted bowel movement
  • Numbness or pricking sensation in the back, hands, arms or legs
  • Difficulty in movement
  • Pain may ease with rest

Diagnosis Of Spondylosis

  • X-rays, CT scans and MRI imaging may be conducted to assess the damage caused to the spinal cord
  • Bone density test may be recommended in some cases
  • Detailed evaluation of the apparent symptoms and the patient’s medical/family history
  • EMG (electromyography) or NCV (nerve conduction velocity) tests may be done
  • The doctor may assess the range of motion by observing the gait and movement of the patient. He may also test the reflexes and muscle stability in the spine

Treatment For Spondylosis

  • The doctor may suggest complete bed rest for a couple of days
  • Prescription of muscle relaxants, pain killers and anti inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroids may be administered in severe cases
  • Specific stretching and strengthening exercises may be prescribed
  • Traction
  • Surgical removal of bone spurs, bone grafts or fusion of bones using metals and screws
  • Application of heat/ice therapy may help to provide relief to patient
  • Using a soft neck or back brace may provide support to the back and boot recovery

For effective treatment of Spondylosis, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists, call at (214) 618 – 5502.