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Degenerative Spinal Disease

What is spondylosis?

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  • A Neurosurgery, answered on behalf of
    Spondylosis is a general term to describe various degenerative diseases of the spine. Most commonly, it refers to spinal osteoarthritis, which affects the joints of the spine (facet joints). It may lead to nerve compression or cause instability that results in low back pain.
  • Spondylosis involves degenerative changes in the vertebrae and discs due to ordinary wear. This is commonly found in the active adult. The vertebrae break down with age, as well as a decrease in water content in the intervertebral disc. Repetitive stress may also bring on spurs, called osteophytes. The most common site for spondylosis is between the fifth and last lumbar vertebrae and the first sacral vertebrae.

    (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Tampa Athletic Training Education Program)

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