Cervical spondylosis is an inflammation in the cervical spine. It often results in a chronic pain of the neck. Medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) or narcotics can relieve the pain. If necessary, surgery will be needed.
Cervical spondylosis is a form of arthritis in the cervical spine. It occurs when there is abnormal wear and tear in the cervical spinal disks. As the disks dehydrate and shrink, bone spurs and other signs of osteoarthritis may develop.
As people age, the bones and cartilage, which make up the backbone and neck, will gradually develop wear and tear. These changes may include dehydrated disks, herniated disks, bone spurs and immobile ligaments. The common risk factors of getting cervical spondylosis include: 1) Age: spinal disks tend to dehydrate and shrink when people are aging. 2) Occupation: certain jobs may place extra stress on the neck. For example, repetitive neck motions, awkward positioning or a lot of overhead work will increase the risk of getting cervical spondylosis. 3) Neck injuries: previous neck injuries also increase the risk of cervical spondylosis. 4) Genetic factors: Cervical spondylosis may make people experience symptoms like headaches, neck stiffness, and numbness or abnormal sensations of the neck and the upper extremities such as the shoulders and arms.
The treatment of cervical spondylosis includes medication or surgery. Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can relieve the pain. If NSAIDs do not improve the symptoms, then narcotic analgesics, which are a stronger form of painkiller, may be used. In severe conditions, surgery is considered. Surgery is done mainly to reduce the pressure on cervical spine and nerves. After a period of treatment, the doctor may refer the patient to a physical therapist. Physical therapies will help to reduce the pain and teach the affected patients how to exercise in order to strengthen the neck muscle.
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Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
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