Although there are many different problems that can result in low back pain but one of the common complaints is often due to an issue with spondylosis. This is a condition that is associated with instability of bones in the lower spine and it is a common cause of complaint for low back pain in adolescents. When you look at the vertebrae of the spine, they are hinged together with joints that are known as facet joints and in part, it is the facet joint that allows your spine to twist and bend naturally. When the posterior element of the facet joint cracks, however, it may lead to this problem.
The cracking of the posterior element of the facet joint may be due to a number of underlying causes, including wear and tear or a hereditary condition. When you suffer from this difficulty, the hinges cracked but the vertebrae has not shifted out of position. If the vertebrae do shift out of position, it is known as spondylolisthesis and if spondylosis is not treated properly and promptly, it could lead to such a difficulty.
Although many individuals who suffer from this problem may not have any noticeable symptoms, it could result in back pain and at times, and severe back pain that is most frequently felt in the lower back. The symptoms that you experience may be mistaken for a muscle strain, because they can be very similar. The stiffness in the back, however, may be affecting your posture and it could lead to muscle spasms that cause the pain you're experiencing as well.
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Spondylosis
You will want to come in for a physical examination in order to get the proper diagnosis for the condition that you are suffering from. Your doctor may do various strength or flexibility tests to try to pinpoint the problem and he may also ask you questions about your medical history or family history and any back problems that may have been experienced. If necessary, additional diagnostic procedures may be included, such as an x-ray to look at the bones of the spine in the space between them. An MRI or CT scan may also be considered, because they provide detailed overview of the soft-tissue in the area, including the intervertebral discs.
There may be a number of nonsurgical treatments available for this condition and your doctor will discuss the various options, according to your circumstances and why you are suffering from the issue. In some instances, a medication may be provided to reduce inflammation and some physical therapy, including strengthening and stretching exercises may be given to help reduce the pressure that is in the area. In some instances, surgery may be necessary and if that is the case, your doctor will discuss the option with you in detail.