No one likes getting old. The body changes and our appearance changes. Neck and back pain are only two of the most persistent and nagging “joys” of getting older. Often, the pain has no cause.
Cervical spondylosis is one of many age-related (beginning sometime after age 30) conditions, usually caused by the normal wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs in the neck. Many people are asymptomatic, or the pain tends to come and go. Usually, however, people feel pain and stiffness in the neck. Physical activity or long periods of inactivity can exacerbate the pain. Arthritis is one of the numerous conditions that causes this pain, along with spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease.
Cervical Spondylosis can result in the narrowing of the space between the spinal cord and the nerve roots. This degeneration leads to symptoms which include:
Possible treatments include, but are not limited to:
In severe cases, patients may want to consider surgery
If you experience any of the symptoms detailed above, you should consult with a doctor who specializes in treating spinal disorders. An examination by your doctor should consist of testing the range of motion in your neck, evaluating strength of reflexes and muscles to determine if there is pressure on your spinal cord or spinal nerves, and observation of the way you walk to see if any spinal disorder is having an effect on gait.
Your doctor can help treat and manage your pain with the ultimate goal of keeping you active and pain-free. Dr. Jonathan Lewin, MD, at The Center for Spinal Disorders is an experienced spine surgeon specializing in the latest techniques. He is adept at individualizing care for each patient and can speak to you about Cervical Spondylosis and the appropriate procedures to treat the condition.