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Cervical spondylosis is a condition that affects the cervical spine, or neck. It is a type of degeneration or degenerative arthritis that results from wear and tear on the joints in the neck. Cervical spondylosis is a common condition, and can occur in people of all ages. However, it is most commonly seen in older adults.

Symptoms 

When symptoms do occur, they are typically accompanied by neck pain and stiffness. Cervical spondylosis causes no symptoms in most people.

The spinal cord and nerve roots that pass through the spine to the rest of your body can become compressed by cervical spondylosis. You might experience symptoms such as:

  • neck pain, stiffness, headache, tingling or numbness in the arms or hands, and loss of range of motion.
  • The inability to walk and lack of coordination
  • Inability to control bladder or bowel movements

Causes

Dehydrated disks

Cervical spondylosis is a condition that is caused by dehydration of the disks in the cervical spine. This can lead to a narrowing of the space between the vertebrae, and can cause pain and other symptoms. The condition is often treated with medications and physical therapy.

Herniated disks

Cervical spondylosis is a condition that is caused by herniated disks. The disks are the soft cushions between the vertebrae in the spine. When they herniate, or bulge out, they can put pressure on the nerves in the neck. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the arm and hand. Cervical spondylosis can also lead to a loss of movement in the neck.

Bone spurs

Cervical spondylosis is a condition that is caused by the development of bone spurs on the cervical spine. These bone spurs can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, and they can also limit the range of motion in the neck. Cervical spondylosis is a relatively common condition, and it can usually be treated with conservative measures such as medication and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the bone spurs.

Stiff ligaments

Cervical spondylosis is a condition that results from the stiffening of the ligaments in the neck. This condition can lead to a narrowing of the spaces within the spine, which can then put pressure on the spinal cord and other tissues in the neck. This pressure can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and hands. Cervical spondylosis can also lead to weakness in the arms and hands.

Diagnosis and treatment – Mayo Clinic

Risk factors

Risk factors for cervical spondylosis include:

Age

Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition affecting the cervical spine, typically due to aging. The discs and vertebrae in the cervical spine can wear down over time, which can lead to pain, numbness, and tingling in the neck and arms.

Occupation

Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition of the cervical spine. It can be due to occupation, as in cases where people have to lift and carry heavy loads for long periods of time. However, it can also develop spontaneously in people who do not have any particularly strenuous occupations.

Neck injuries

The most common cause of cervical spondylosis is injuries to the neck, such as whiplash. This can lead to wear and tear on the discs and joints in the neck, which can cause pain and other symptoms.

Genetic factors

It is believed to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Smoking

Cervical spondylosis is a type of arthritis that affects the cervical spine, or neck. It is also caused by smoking, which leads to the breakdown of cartilage in the neck joints. This can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, and may lead to a loss of movement.

At the end, cervical spondylosis is a common condition that can cause a number of symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with cervical spondylosis, it is important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. M Shahadat Hossain
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