What Is Lumbosacral Spondylosis?
Lumbosacral spondylosis is a term used to describe wear and tear at the site where the last vertebra of the lumbar spine (lower back) and the first vertebra of the sacral spine (tailbone) connect. This area is especially prone to the cartilage wearing down because the lower back is so flexible and because it supports such a large amount of the body weight.
Symptoms of Lumbosacral Spondylosis
Conditions that fall under the descriptive term of lumbosacral spondylosis include herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs, and spondylolisthesis, (‘slipped’ disc… even though it doesn’t “slip” anywhere!) all of which are spinal abnormalities that run the risk of protruding into the spinal canal and exerting pressure on spinal nerves. The sciatic nerve is often compressed, causing radiating pain down the leg. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, and pain that can spread through the following areas: Buttocks, hips, tailbone, thighs, knees, calves, feet and in the worst cases to the toes.
Treating Lumbosacral Spondylosis
PHYSICAL THERAPY is the best solution for lumbar spondylosis. While you would not directly treat spondylosis, you would treat the herniated disc, joint, or vertebra that is affected by spinal wear and tear. Regular treatment with a good physical therapist along with an exercise program will manage this condition so that it doesn’t affect your day to day routine!