Osteoarthritis Spondylosis

Osteoarthritis Spondylosis

When osteoarthritis affects the neck and back it is called spondylosis. Changes occur in the bones of the spine and the cushioning discs that separate each of the spinal bones. These changes are similar to those caused by osteoarthritis in other joints and can lead to back pain and difficulty with everyday activities. If the osteoarthritis causes the nerves exiting the spinal canal to become pinched, a feeling of numbness or weakness in the legs may occur. In more severe disease the shape of the spine may change leading to further pain and limited normal movement. The areas of the spine most likely to be affected are the neck and the lower back.

 

It is important to mention that osteoarthritis in the spine can also cause bones to look denser on a bone density scan than they actually are and this would need to be taken into account when a person is assessed for their risk of breaking a bone (a fracture risk assessment). #acten