Cervical degenerative conditions

Cervical spondylosis More than 85 percent of people over the age of 60 are affected by cervical spondylosis. What it feels like: Not everyone with cervical spondylosis will experience symptoms. Those who do most often complain of:

  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Poor balance
  • Weakness/numbess in arms, hands, fingers or legs
  • Grinding or popping sounds and sensations in the neck
Who is affected? Cervical spondylosis is the result of normal aging. Also known as “arthritis of the neck” it refers to age- How common is it? This condition is extremely common especially in middle-aged adults and older adults. Risk factors:
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Overuse
  • Smoking
  • Neck trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery in some cases

Neck pain can be caused by many things—but is most often related to getting older. Cervical spondylosis, commonly called arthritis of the neck, is the medical term for these age-related, wear-and-tear changes that occur over time. Cervical spondylosis is extremely common. More than 85 percent of people over the age of 60 are affected. The condition most often causes pain and stiffness in the neck—although many people with cervical spondylosis experience no noticeable symptoms. In most cases, cervical spondylosis responds well to conservative treatment that includes medication and physical therapy. For more information click here: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00369 or here:http://www.depuysynthes.com/patients/aabp/resources/np

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