Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis

Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis


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Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis

What is cervical spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis is an age related medical condition. The problem is characterized by shrinkage of spinal intervertebral disks due to dehydration of the disks in old age. There is also signs of osteoarthritis and appearance of bony projections in vertebrae, along the edges. Cervical spondylosis, affect the spinal intervertebral disks of neck and due to wear and tear of old age (as seen in osteoarthritis of other bones in the body)., Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis

The problem is very common among elderly people and affect as many as 85% or more people of age more than 60 years. As the age progresses, the condition worsens and more and more people get affected. Majority of individuals with cervical spondylosis, usually do not complain of any major symptom and when the condition is symptomatic, non-surgical management is usually effective and adequate.

What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?

As mentioned before, majority of individuals with cervical spondylosis do not have any symptoms. Most common symptoms are pain and stiffness in neck region.

However, in some cases the problem may be serious. Cervical spondylosis may cause narrowing of the space through which spinal cord and nerve roots passes, known as spinal stenosis. This may lead to compression (or the spinal cord may be pinched) of spinal cord or nerve roots that passes through it to other parts of the body. In such cases one may have symptoms such as,

  • There may be tingling, numbness and/or weakness in legs and feet, hands,
  • Difficulty in walking due to lack of coordination
  • Weakening or loss of bladder control
  • Loss of or weakening of bowel control.

If you develop any of the above mentioned symptoms suddenly and if you are elderly individual of above 60 years of age, you should consult your doctor immediately, because it may be symptomatic cervical spondylosis.

However, the most common symptom of cervical spondylosis is pain and stiffness in neck. The condition is common among elderly, but it can occur among individuals of below 60 years of age too. Many individuals are affected by cervical spondylosis, much before and suffer from the problem with stiff neck and pain in neck region.

 

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