OPA treats a wide variety of back conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions.

What is Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a descriptive term for spine pain and spine degeneration, but spondylosis is not a formal medical diagnosis. If you are experiencing spondylosis, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Spine Team Specialist finds out exactly what is causing it.

Common Causes:

  • Osteoarthritis. The vertebral bones and soft tissues wear and tear because of overuse and age.
  • Spinal Stenosis. The spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal nerve roots.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease. The intervertebral discs between adjacent vertebrae degenerate

When diagnosing spondylosis, The OPA Spine Team:

  • Obtain a complete medical history
  • Perform a physical examination
  • Order and analyze X-ray’s or MRI

Common Treatments:

A customized treatment plan usually includes several treatment options. Nonsurgical options include:


An epidural injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.

Oral medications decrease nerve inflammation and pain.
Physical Therapy

One of OPA’s onsite physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.

Activity Modification:

Nonsurgical treatment options effectively treat the majority of cases of spondylosis. If spondylosis is caused by severe osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease, our Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons may recommend minimally invasive spine surgery. With minimally invasive spine surgery, you will experience less postoperative pain and have a faster recovery than traditional open incision spine surgery patients.

Our Spine Team

The OPA team includes Alaska’s leading spine specialists and offers some of the latest, most advanced treatment procedures available today.

OPA treats a wide variety of back, neck, and spine conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions.

All treatments work to restore pain-free spine function that allows patients to lead active, fulfilling lives, be it walking pain-free or getting back into athletic action.

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