Our expert says:
Hi Lee Anne
Spondylosis is a type of spinal osteoarthritis , the result of (usually age related) disk degeneration. As disks age, they fragment, lose water, and collapse. Initially, this starts in the middle of the disc. This results in the central area buckling inward while the outside bulges outward. This causes increased mechanical stress on the cartilage at the lip of the vertebra. Osteophytes or bony outgrowths can form that can press on the nerve as it exits from the spinal cord, causing symptoms in the back and arms and legs.
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