Cervical Spondylosis (Neck Pain)

Daya Neuro Physio & Rehabilitation Center

Cervical Spondylosis is a common age-related condition that affects the joints and discs in your cervical spine. It’s also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis. It develops from the wear and tear of cartilages and bones. While it’s largely the result of age, it can be caused by other factors as well. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the condition is present in more than 90 percent of people aged 60 and older.

The bones and protective cartilages in your neck are prone to wear and tear which can lead to Cervical Spondylosis. Possible causes of the condition include:

  • Bone spurs these overgrowth of bones are the result of the body trying to grow extra bones to make the spine stronger.

  • However, the extra bones can press on delicate areas of the spine such as the spinal cord and nerves resulting in pain.

  • Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP) involves the brain stem. People with ALS often have PBP too.

  • Dehydrated Spinal Discs. Your spinal bones have discs between them, which are thick pad-like cushions that absorb the shock of lifting, twisting and other activities. The gel-like material inside these discs can dry out over time. This causes your bones (spinal vertebrae) to rub together more which can be painful.

  • Spinal discs can develop cracks which allows leakage of the internal cushioning material. This material can press on the spinal cord and nerves resulting in symptoms such as arm numbness as well as pain that radiates down an arm.

  • If you’ve had an injury to your neck (during a fall or car accident for example), this can accelerate the aging process.

  • Some occupations or hobbies involve repetitive movements or heavy lifting (such as construction work). This can put extra pressure on the spine resulting in early wear and tear.

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