Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition that most often affects
people over 50.
Causes of Cervical Spondylosis
The condition results when bones in the neck (cervical spine) progressively
degenerate, resulting in bony spurs and problems with ligaments and discs.
Over time, arthritis of the neck (cervical spondylosis) may also result.
The spinal canal may narrow (stenosis) and compress the spinal cord and
nerves to the arms. Injuries can also cause spinal cord compression.
Cervical Spondylosis Symptoms
Cervical spondylosis can lead to chronic pain and stiffness in the neck
that may also radiate to the upper extremities. You may experience numbness
and weakness in the arms, hands and fingers, and feel or hear grinding
or popping in the neck when you move. Muscle spasms or headaches may originate
in the neck. Symptoms may range from mild discomfort to severe, crippling
Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis
If symptoms are mild, your doctor may recommend a variety of non-surgical
treatments, including: rest and the use of a soft cervical collar or neck
brace to limit neck motion; medication with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
prescription; and physical therapy.
Surgical Options for Cervical Spondylosis
Surgery may be necessary if you have severe pain that does not improve
with other treatments or progressive neurological symptoms. Surgery may
remove bone spurs or disc material (decompression) and provide lasting relief.