Dorsal spondylosis, also known as thoracic spondylosis, is a degenerative condition that affects the spinal vertebrae in the middle or upper back (the thoracic region). It is a type of spondylosis, which refers to age-related degeneration of the spine.
Dorsal spondylosis is caused by wear and tear on the spine over time. As people age, the spinal discs that cushion the vertebrae can dry out and shrink, which can cause the vertebrae to rub against each other and lead to the formation of bone spurs. These bone spurs can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves and cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the back, arms, or legs.
Symptoms of dorsal spondylosis may include:
Treatment for dorsal spondylosis typically involves managing symptoms and preventing further degeneration of the spine. Here are some common treatment options:
Pain management: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can help manage pain and inflammation.
Physical therapy: Exercises and other physical therapy techniques can help improve flexibility, strength, and posture, and reduce pain.
Braces or supports: These can help provide support and stability to the spine.
Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove bone spurs, stabilize the spine, or relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
Lifestyle modifications: Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking can help reduce the risk of further spine degeneration.