Cervical Spondylosis

cervical spondylosisCervical spondylosis is a painful cervical disorder caused by the disintegration of the spine within the neck area. This is a result of the wearing and tearing of one or more of the discs located in the spine. If there is continuous pressure on the nerves, it will result in this condition.

Cervical spondylosis may also be linked with osteoarthritis. A type of arthritis, this degenerative condition affects the skeletal system and can certainly limit the mobility of the person suffering with this disease. 

WHAT CAUSES CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS?

Cervical spondylosis can be acquired genetically. If your genes have a Human Leukocyte Antigen- B, then it can affect the occurrence of this condition. Fortunately, this only exists in few cases since people with a hereditary disorder such as cervical spondylosis is very low.

Another factor that can bring about cervical spondylosis is having a job that requires a lot of neck motion and overhead work. Jobs that place too much pressure on the neck area,like heavy lifting and bending and those occupations that requires an  individual to work in just one position for a long period of time can all lead to the development of cervical spondylosis. 

SYMPTOMS THAT YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF

An individual with cervical spondylosis can experience severe throbbing pain which radiates down the neck, shoulder and back. It can be accompanied by stiffness of the neck leading to its limited movement. There are also patients who complain of numbness or tingling sensation on one or perhaps both sides of the body.

Finding out for the source of the problem is important since this is an essential element needed in developing a treatment and rehabilitation plan. So, a complete and broad examination is done to identify the source of the problem. 

DOCTOR EXAMINATION

Upon entering the doctor’s clinic, your complete medical history will be taken. The doctor will start to ask you certain questions like: When did the pain started? Have you experienced it before? How long does it take for the pain to subside? Have you been involved in an accident?

The next step is performing the physical examination on your neck, shoulder, arms and legs. The doctor will test your muscle strength, sensation, blood flow and reflexes.

Diagnostic tests are then obtained like x-ray of the upper back and neck where it can reveal changes in the alignment of the vertebrae. CT scan and MRI scans are also done to determine the degree of the nerve compression or if the degeneration of the discs is worse.

TREATMENT FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

One of the best forms of treatment for cervical spondylosis is exercise. Doing regular exercise not only improves the strength of the muscles but lessens the chance of further injury and improves the blood supply to the spine. Exercises considered an excellent workout for the back is swimming and walking.

Having the proper posture can lessen the probability of having this condition. If you have a demanding job where you sit for long hours, take time to stand up, do a little stretching or walking. Also, change your seat position often and try to avoid using soft cushioned seats. And watch the positioning of your head and neck if you sit at a desk most of the day. Are you holding your head upright or are you hunched forward?

Surgical treatments are uncommon for those suffering with cervical spondylosis. Surgery is only for patients who experience excruciating pain that cannot be relieved with conservative treatments.

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