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Cervical Spondylosis

 

Cervical spondylosis is age related wear and tear of the joints in the neck resulting in bony spurs and problems with ligaments and disks.

Causes

  • Degeneration of joints and vertebrae of the neck
  • Mineral deposits on the disks
  • Stiffening of the ligaments
  • Neck injury

Symptoms

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Numbness and weakness in the shoulders and limbs
  • Loss of balance
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headache
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Popping sound in the neck

Treatment
Mild cervical spondylosis does not require much treatment and can be managed with:

  • Rest
  • Pain relieving medication
  • Neck brace or collar
  • Physical therapy

Severe and progressive symptoms may require:

  • Hospitalization with traction
  • Surgery

Prevention

  • Maintaining good posture
  • Avoiding neck injuries
  • Regular exercise of the neck