It is a common age-related condition that affects the joints and discs of the neck. It develops from wear and tear of the cartilage and bones found in your cervical spine, which is in the neck. While it's largely due to age, it can be caused due to other factors as well. The symptoms are:
1. Pain around the shoulder blade
2. Pain along the arm and in fingers. The pain might increase while standing, sitting, sneezing, coughing and tilting the neck
3. Muscle weakness
4. Stiff neck that becomes worse
5. A headache mostly in the back of the head
6. Tingling or numbness that mainly affects shoulders, arms although it can occur in legs
HOW IS CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Orthopedicians first diagnose cervical spondylosis by eliminating other potential conditions like fibromyalgia. He or she might test movement to determine the affected bones, nerves and muscles. A thorough physical examination consisting of checking reflexes, muscle weakness and sensory defects is also conducted by the Orthopedician. Imaging tests like CT scan, X-ray and MRI may be ordered for confirming the diagnosis. Further, nerve function tests help check the speed and strength of verve signals
HOW IS CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS TREATED?
Physiotherapy, medication and pain relievers, steroid injections and surgery to remove bone spurs may be recommended by the Orthopaedic specialist depending on the severity of the problem.
DID YOU KNOW?
Factors other than aging can increase your risk of cervical spondylosis. These include:
• neck injuries
• work-related activities that put extra strain on the neck from heavy lifting
• holding the neck in an uncomfortable position for prolonged periods of time or repeating the same neck movements throughout the day
• genetic factors
• being overweight and inactive