Spondylosis

Spondylosis is a condition in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and vertebrae that make up the spine.

Cervical spondylosis occurs in the neck and is a common cause of chronic neck pain. Thoracic spondylosis and lumbar spondylosis occur in the middle and lower back, respectively.

The expert team of doctors at UT Southwestern’s Spine Center specialize in all available evidence-based treatments for spondylosis – both medical and surgical. We offer our patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized spine imaging.

When surgery is recommended, our skilled surgeons can perform procedures minimally invasively in many cases, which reduces recovery time. The Spine Center is one of few U.S. programs offering endoscopic surgery for the treatment of spondylosis.

Our multidisciplinary approach gets you access to neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, and other specialists with one call. We strive to coordinate, facilitate, and expedite patient care, and save our patients time.

Our goal is to partner with our patients in their care, get them back to health as soon as possible, and help them achieve the best outcomes.

Diagnosis

If we suspect that you have spondylosis, we will conduct a physical examination and order spine imaging studies. X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nerve conduction studies often are used to diagnose spondylosis.

Treatments

After diagnosis, we’ll make sure you see the right experts to treat your specific symptoms. We will create a care plan that minimizes the number of visits you need to make while also providing you with the support you need. 

Treatment for spondylosis depends on the severity and location of the problem. Many people with the condition are successfully treated with spine rehabilitation therapy, while others benefit from anti-inflammation drugs and neck traction.

In some cases, surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerves or spinal cord is the best treatment option for patients with spondylosis. The skilled surgeons at the UT Southwestern Spine Center often are able to perform this procedure minimally invasively/endoscopically.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern conducts clinical trials aimed at improving the treatment of spondylosis. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a spondylosis specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.