Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis is most commonly found in people over 55 due to wear and tear that affects the discs in the neck and usually progresses with age. As chronic neck pain is a common complaint in the elderly, proper diagnosis is necessary to determine whether cervical spondylosis and/or otheoarthritis is present. Although usually found within an older population, cervical spondylosis is becoming more and more common among professionals who have complacent jobs sitting behind desks in front of computers for hours or at call centers where people sit in one posture.

Causes

Cervical spondylosis is caused by long term or chronic degeneration of the cervical spine. Previous neck injuries may also cause cervical spondylosis as the person ages.

Symptoms

  • Neck pain with stiffness.
  • Radiating pain through the shoulders and to either arm or hand.
  • Possible chest pain or possibly.
  • Tingling or prickling sensations in arms, hands legs or feet.
  • Numbness or weakness in arms and hands.
  • Possible numbness of weakness in legs and feet.
  • Changes in bladder control or bowel movements.

Diagnosis

After collecting and reviewing the patient's medical history, a physical examination will be done to determine the patient's cervical flexibility and range of motion as well as checking their symptoms. A myeologram, MRI or other imaging tests may be done in order to rule out other conditions and to determine if surgical intervention is necessary.

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