Also referred to as Cervical Osteoporosis, this condition basically occurs when the joints and discs of the neck experience excessive cartilage wear and tear. It may cause long term stiffness and pain. The causes include herniated discs, dehydrated spinal discs, bone spurs and even injuries.
HOW IS CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS DIAGNOSED?
An orthopaedic diagnosis of cervical spondylosis is done by initially ruling out fibromyalgia. Imaging tests such as X-Ray, CT scan, MRI scan and other tests such as EMG and nerve conduction tests are conducted to diagnose cervical spondylosis.
HOW IS CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS TREATED?
Treatments focus on providing pain relief, lowering the risk of permanent damage, and helping one lead a normal life. Non-surgical methods are usually very effective. Physiotherapy including neck traction is a form of treatment. Medications such as muscle relaxants, pain killers, antiepileptic drugs and steroid injections are used. Ayurvedic massages also help relieve this condition without surgery. In extreme cases, surgery is performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cervical spondylosis is a chronic condition but rarely progressive. Surgical intervention is needed only in rare cases.