Lumbar Spondylosis

Lumbar Spondylosis

Low back spondylosis is a condition that involves wear and tear of the cartilage (intervertebral discs and lining of joints) in the low back. This is a common cause of ongoing and persistent low back and hip pain and discomfort. Lumbar (low back) spondylosis and cause through the ageing process and the chronic wear and tear of the low back cartilage. Over time our cartilage in the low back can begin to deteriorate and break down. As this occurs it means the disc become thinner and support low back pressure less and less. As disc become thinner and lose their tolerance to load and pressure they become predispose to disc bulging and bone spurs. People with lumbar spondylosis are usually over the age of 50 with most people over 60 showing some degree of change.

Most notable risk factors would include being overweight, not exercising (this is how we feed our discs), previous low back injury, ruptured or slipped disc, osteoporosis and smoking.

Symptoms of lumbar spondylosis

As lumbar spondylosis is caused by wear and tear it develops slowly over time. Symptoms will involve low back pain, low back stiffness and low back discomfort that is usually worse sitting, at night, coughing or sneezing or flexing the back. If the lumbar spondylosis leads to a disc bulge or disc herniation this can protrude into a nerve or spinal cord and create neurological symptoms.

Treatment of lumbar spondylosis

Treatment of lumbar spondylosis is very successful with chiropractic and physiotherapy. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) this will involve a combination of joint treatments, muscle treatments and strengthening exercises. In most cases this will be enough to get you pain free and back to full function however in some people where there is considerable wear and tear and complications with disc herniation our chiropractors and physiotherapists may send you for a surgical opinion.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.