What is a Sclerotic Lesion of the Spine?
Category: Spine, Spine Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: July 15, 2014
Spinal sclerosis is a degenerative condition that impacts the vertebrae and central nervous system, marked by an increased bone density in the affected area. In this article, we will delve into spinal sclerosis and sclerotic bone lesions – what they are, and when to be concerned.
Sclerotic Bone Lesions
Sclerosis of a bone is a condition in which the bone itself thickens due to excessive calcium deposits. These growths on the bone are known as sclerotic lesions. Sclerosis can affect any of the bones in the body, including the spinal vertebrae. These lesions can be indicative of a more serious underlying condition. For this reason these types of lesions should be investigated by a qualified physician to make sure there is nothing more serious lurking beneath the surface.
Symptoms of spinal sclerosis can include any of the following:
- Back pain when sitting or bending over
- Muscle weakness
- Tingling or numbness in the extremities
- Loss of coordination or balance
These symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the progression of the disease.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing sclerotic bone lesions is easily done using imaging tests like x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Results from these tests, coupled with a physical exam and medical history should be plenty for your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatment.
There is no known cure for spinal sclerosis, but there are treatments that can prevent the disease from progressing. Physical therapy exercises, and prescription medications can help patients with muscle control issues and associated pain. Minimally invasive spine surgery may be necessary depending on the extent of the disease. Each case of sclerosis is different, and your physician will talk with you in depth about all the available treatment options that best suit your needs.