Spondylosis is a general term for age-related wear and tear affecting the joints in your spine. This condition is better known as osteoarthritis. Usually it appears in men and women older than 40 and progresses with age. Symptoms include spinal pain and stiffness.
Certain medical conditions can accelerate the age-related changes of the spine. One very common condition is scoliosis. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine.
A traumatic event can also accelerate the age-related changes of the spine. One of the most common traumatic events is a whiplash injury. This type of injury occurs when a segment of the spine is forced backward and then forward. These extreme motions push your spinal muscles, ligaments, and spinal bones beyond their normal range of motion and can cause a traumatic collision of your spinal facet joints. Click on this link for more information about whiplash injuries, About Whiplash (CAD Syndrome).
Typically, a whiplash injury affects the neck and occurs during rear-end automobile collisions. When this happens, patients will complain of upper neck pain and headaches.
Treatment for any of the above spondylitic conditions consists of medications, physical therapy, and injections. Injections that can minimize or cure the underlying pain are facet joint injections or facet joint nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation.