Spondylosis is osteoarthritis of the facet joints of the spine. The facet joints are the joints between the vertebrae of the spine. They are responsible for guiding and limiting the movement of the spine. They play are large part in communicating to the brain regarding the position and condition of the spine.

If the osteoarthritis is severe enough it can also cause compression on the adjacent nerve roots, which can cause pain, weakness and numbness in the limbs.

What is the cause?

  • Natural ageing process
  • Excessive loading on the joints:
    • Long periods of sitting over many years
    • Trauma to the joints

Signs & Symptoms

  • Back pain
  • A stabbing or sharp feeling near the spine
  • Decreased mobility of the spine
  • Pain, weakness or numbness in the limbs

What can we do about it?

Physiotherapy is very helpful when you are suffering from spondylosis. The therapist will perform a thorough, hands on assessment to determine which of the facet joints is causing the pain. They will then proceed to perform a range of manual therapy techniques to relieve pressure on the joints and restore it to optimal function. The therapist’s at Elite Spinal Physiotherapy do not use rigorous manipulating techniques but instead gentle mobilization techniques that yield great results.