Page ContentLumbar SpondylosisThere are several treatment options available to help patients with spondylosis find pain relief and regain mobility in the lower back.Lumbar spondylosis is the term given to normal wear and tear of the lumbar (lower back) spinal discs. As we age, spinal discs lose moisture and shrink, bone spurs develop, and bones because weaker. While many people over 50 experience mild lumbar spondylosis, most experience no symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms, it likely means the condition is progressing and could cause other, more serious spinal conditions. Symptoms & Causes Since the purpose of the lumbar spine is to support your body weight, over time the L1-S1 vertebrae become worn and compressed from repetitive motion, heavy lifting, and weight gain. Common causes include:Herniated or bulging discsBone spursSpine abnormalitiesArthritis of the spineIn most cases, lumbar spondylosis only causes noticeable symptoms when the spinal cord or nerves around the spine become irritated or compressed. When symptoms do occur, they can differ greatly from person to person. For example, if there is pressure on the sciatic nerve, it can cause pain in the back, buttocks, legs, feet, and toes. Common symptoms of lumbar spondylosis that may vary from case to case include:Intermittent back pain that may radiate to the extremitiesJoint or muscular stiffness upon awakeningMuscle weakness and/or tingling in the back, buttocks, legs, and other affected areasNumbness or loss of sensation in the affected areasTenderness in the area of nerve compressionLoss of bowel or bladder controlDiagnosis & Treatment In addition to a physical exam to note range of motion, reflexes, and fine motor skills, the spine specialists at Kelsey-Seybold Spine Center can perform imaging and other tests to determine the exact cause of your symptoms and what treatment is appropriate.These tests may include:X-rays of the back to discover any abnormalitiesCT scan for more detailed imaging of bonesMRI to find any areas where nerves may be compressedMyelography in which a dye is injected into the spinal canal prior to imaging testsA nerve function test called electromyography (EMG) that tests electrical activity in your nervesA nerve conduction study during which electrodes attached to the skin measures strength and speed of nerve signalsTreatment for lumbar spondylosis depends on the severity of your symptoms. Our spine specialists will develop a treatment plan to relieve your pain, avoid future damage, and help you manage your condition.This treatment plan may include nonsurgical options, including:Physical therapyRestorative yogaLifestyle changes, such as weight lossPain medication and trigger point injectionsIn cases when nonsurgical treatment doesn't relieve symptoms, we may suggest minimally invasive surgery to decompress the spine. Almost everyone develops lumbar spondylosis at some point, but not everyone experiences symptoms. If you have chronic back stiffness and pain that may radiate down your buttocks and legs, the team at Kelsey-Seybold Spine Center in Houston can determine if lumbar spondylosis is the cause and what treatment, if any, is needed. Contact us today for an appointment.