Cervical Spondylosis

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Cervical Spondylosis

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What is Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis, also known as “cervical” or “neck” spondylosis, is a degenerative condition of the cervical spine that results in the formation of bone spurs. The neck (cervical spine) consists of seven vertebrae that are separated by intervertebral discs and ligaments. These discs act as cushions between each vertebra. Over time, these discs may rupture and cause pain.

The term cervical spondylosis refers to the condition where the bony growths from these ruptured discs form bone spurs (osteophytes) on the vertebrae, causing compression and pressure on nearby nerves and spinal cord. Cervical spondylosis may also be caused by other conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the types of Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical Spondylosis is a degenerative condition that affects the cervical spine, or neck region. There are several different types of cervical spondylosis, including cervical radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy, and axial joint pain.

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is the most common type of cervical spondylosis and occurs when there is inflammation or irritation of one or more nerve roots in the neck area. This happens when the disc between two vertebrae becomes herniated (slipped out), pressing against the nerve root and causing it to become inflamed. This can lead to numbness, tingling sensations in your hands/feet, or weakness in your arms/legs.

Cervical Myelopathy

Cervical myelopathy is a condition where pressure from a herniated disc causes compression on one or more spinal cord segments leading to leg weakness and numbness in the hands/feet. In severe cases, this can lead to paralysis or muscle atrophy (wasting away).

Axial joint pain

This type of cervical spondylosis affects joints and ligaments around your neck. It can be treated with physical therapy, massage, or acupuncture.

What are the symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical Spondylosis is a disease that affects the bones in your spine. It can cause pain, stiffness and loss of movement in your neck, shoulders and upper back. It’s most common in people over 40 years old.

The symptoms of cervical spondylosis include:

  • Pain at the base of your neck
  • Pain between your shoulder blades
  • Pain in your shoulder blades or upper back
  • Stiffness in your neck (especially when you turn it)

What are the causes of Cervical Spondylosis?

The most common cause of Cervical Spondylosis is aging, but other factors may contribute to it as well. These include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Obesity
  • Trauma to the neck area

What are the risk factors for Cervical Spondylosis?

The risk factors for cervical spondylosis include:

Age

People who are older than 40 years old are more likely to develop cervical spondylosis.

Genetics

If you have family members who also have cervical spondylosis, you could be at higher risk of developing this condition.

Additional health conditions

Conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes can increase your risk of developing cervical spondylosis.

How to Prevent Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis is a condition that affects the cervical spine, which is the portion of the spine in your neck. It occurs when there is wear and tear on the joints in your neck. This can cause pain and stiffness in your neck.

There are things you can do to prevent cervical spondylosis from occurring:

-Limit activities that puts stress on your neck, such as heavy lifting or overhead work.

-Avoid sitting for long periods of time without moving around or taking breaks to stretch.

-If you have had surgery on your neck, make sure you follow instructions from your doctor regarding physical therapy exercises and stretches that will help strengthen and stretch the muscles in your neck.

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What are the exercises for Cervical Spondylosis?

If you have cervical spondylosis (a disorder of the spine), there are some exercises that can help you manage your pain and improve your range of motion.

Here are three simple ones:

Chin Tucks

This exercise strengthens the muscles in your neck and upper back.

Start by sitting up straight in a chair with good posture. Then slowly tuck your chin toward your chest as far as it will go without straining yourself. Hold for 5 seconds and then slowly return to upright position. Repeat 10 times each day for best results.

Side-To-Side Head Rotation

This exercise helps stretch your neck muscles, which may help reduce pain and stiffness in your neck.

Sit up straight and turn your head from side to side several times in each direction. Do this 10 times per day for two weeks straight (or until symptoms improve). Then, reduce it to 5 times per day for another two weeks (or until symptoms have resolved).

Side Bending

This is another great way to stretch out your muscles and improve mobility in your neck and upper back.

Bend forward at the waist with arms straight out in front of you until you feel pressure on the lower back area (about 30 degrees), hold for 5 seconds then return to standing position slowly without twisting or turning your body. Repeat this 10 times each direction (forward/backward) 3 times daily

What are the treatments for Cervical Spondylosis?

There are several treatments for cervical spondylosis, including physical therapy, medication, and injections.

Physical therapy helps to relieve pain and stiffness in muscles around the neck and shoulders. It also improves range of motion in those areas.

Medications can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with cervical spondylosis. They work by reducing swelling or inflammation in surrounding tissues caused by irritation from arthritis or injury.

Injections can be used to treat certain types of cervical spondylosis by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow to affected areas. This helps reduce pain and improve range of motion in those areas as well as overall mobility throughout the body.

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What brace is used for Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical collars, also known as neck braces or C collars, are used for patients who have cervical spondylosis. Cervical spondylosis is a condition that affects the bones in your neck and back.

The collar is made from plastic or cloth and fits around your upper body, covering only your shoulders and chest. The purpose of this type of collar is to prevent further injury to the spinal cord and nerve roots.

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