Dear patient the information provided to you is based on the evidence-based literature and our experience with the intention of providing insights into your condition its symptoms and treatment available.
What is cervical spondylosis?
Age related wear and tear of the cervical spine disc, which dehydrates and gets stiffer resulting in transfer of loads to the vertebral bodies and facet joints including bony projections called as spurs or osteophytes which then pinches the nerve and spinal cord.
What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?
- Pain in the neck with radicular pain in the arms and shoulders
- Stiffness in the neck
- Numbness in the arms and hands
- Weakness in the upper limb and sometimes even in the lower limb
- Suboccipital headache
Who can get cervical spondylosis?
- People between age between 30 to 50 years
- Genetic reasons
- People with poor posture control
- Tobacco consumption / smoking
- Occupational related – computer professionals
How is it diagnosed?
- Clinical history
- MRI scan of cervical spine
How is it treated?
At sun orthopaedics, we treat most cases in conservative way, medications, exercises, physiotherapy and short-term immobilization.
Is there any role of surgery?
When there is severe impingement of nerve root and spinal cord which has led to weakness and disability surgical treatment is initiated.
Don’ts in cervical spondylosis?
Avoid long distance road journey, lifting heavy weights, jumping and using thick pillow under the head.