Dr. Parth Bansal

Dr.Parth Bansal

What is Cervical Spondylosis and How it Can be Treated

What is Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis is the degeneration of the bones and disks in the neck and is a very common cause of chronic neck pain. This condition can lead to a variety of problems, including herniated disks and bone spurs

Cervical spondylosis is extremely common. More than 85% of people over the age of 60 are affected. The condition most often causes pain and stiffness in the neck

Symptoms of cervical spondylosis – 

  • Neck pain.
  • Stiff neck.
  • A bump or knot in your neck.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • A clicking, popping or grinding sound when you move your neck.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Tingling, numbness and weakness in the arms, hands, legs or feet
  • Lack of coordination and difficulty walking
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

What are the risk factors of Cervical Spondylosis?

  • Age. Cervical spondylosis occurs commonly as part of aging.
  • Occupation. Jobs that involve repetitive neck motions, awkward positioning or a lot of overhead work put extra stress on the neck.
  • Neck injuries. Previous neck injuries appear to increase the risk of cervical spondylosis.
  • Genetic factors. Some individuals in certain families will experience more of these changes over time.
  • Smoking. Smoking has been linked to increased neck pain.

What tests help diagnose cervical spondylosis?

  • X-ray.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
  • Myelogram.
  • Electromyography (EMG).
  • Nerve conduction study.

How to treat Cervical Spondylosis?

  • Physiotherapy
  • Medical management 
  • Placing ice or applying heat to your neck for 15 minutes several times during the day.
  • Soft collar or brace
  • If above treatment doesn’t work – then surgical intervention.

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