What Is Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a term used to describe a condition, it is not really used as a specific diagnosis.

One way to illustrate its meaning is to say that if a person has spondylosis, they have some spinal degeneration, as well as back pain.

The term does not really describe the location of the degeneration or the cause of the pain. For location, the terms Lumbar (lower back) and Cervical (neck) are used.

Having said that, doctors use the term in several ways.

Sometimes it refers to general back pain with no ‘known’ cause, with accompanying degeneration, and sometimes it is a catch all phrase that is used to describe anyone with lower back pain and degeneration.

Spondylosis can be used to describe spinal osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), or degenerative disc disease when it affects the spinal discs.

The cause of the pain could be stenosis, a narrowing of the canal where the nerve exits from the spinal cord.

The cause of the stenosis could be bony growth of the facet joints (osteoarthritis), as well as degenerated discs, which also decrease the size of the canal.


In any case, my clinical experience tells me that the first thing to do is to get an accurate diagnosis, and then try the most conservative methods first, which is to remove the cause.

I have found that the true cause of the degeneration is abnormal wear and tear on the joint, due to poor function, usually caused by imbalanced muscles.

You can read more about this in the free preview of Dr. Tom’s BetterBackSystem.


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