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Cervical Spondylosis

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 dysfunction.

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.

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