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Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

We Have to Know about the Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

Information about Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

  • Cervical spondylosis is a chronic degeneration of the bones (vertebrae) of the neck (cervical spine) and the cushions between the vertebrae (disks)
  • The condition usually appears in men and women older than 40 and progresses with age. Men usually develop it at an earlier age than women do

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

Causes of Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

  • The degeneration is a result of wear and tear on the neck bones as you age. The changes that accompany the degeneration, such as developing abnormal growths (bone spurs) on the spine, can lead to pressure on the spinal nerves and, sometimes, the spinal cord itself

Do’s and Don’ts of Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

Risk can be reduced by

  • Skipping high-impact activities, such as running and high-impact aerobics, if you have any neck pain
  • Doing exercises to maintain neck strength, flexibility, and range of motion
  • Taking breaks when driving, watching TV or working on a computer to keep from holding your head in the same position for long periods
  • Practicing good posture, with your neck aligned over your shoulders
  • Protecting your neck from injury by using a seat belt when in a car and avoiding activities that strain your neck

Signs & Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

  • Neck pain and stiffness that gets progressively worse and radiates to the shoulders and arms
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms, hands, and fingers
  • Headaches that radiate to the back of the head
  • Loss of balance
  • Numbness or weakness in the legs, if the spinal cord is compressed
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control, if the spinal cord is compressed

Medical advice for Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

  • You have neck pain that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain medications
  • The pain worsens
  • You develop numbness in your arms or legs

Risk factors of Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

  • Aging and wear and tear on your spine

Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

Treatment of mild cases

  • Wearing a neck brace (cervical collar) during the day to help limit neck motion and reduce nerve irritation
  • Medications for pain relief
  • Doing exercises prescribed by a physical therapist to strengthen neck muscles and stretch the neck and shoulders. Low-impact aerobic exercise, such as walking also may help

Treatment of more serious cases

  • Hospitalization with bed rest and traction
  • Medications
  • Surgery

Self-care for Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

For mild neck pain or stiffness:

  • Take daily long, hot showers
  • Wear a cervical collar as advised by your doctor
  • Regularly walk or engage in low-impact aerobic activity

Investigations for Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)

  • Neck or spinal X-ray
  • Nerve functions test
  • Myelogram
  • CT Scan and MRI
Cervical Osteoarthritis
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