How is Cervical Spondylosis treated?
Physical therapy and daily exercises can be helpful.
If these treatments aren’t helping you enough, you may need other treatments. This might be more likely to happen if you have spine problems such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis . In some cases, a shot of medicine in the joint area may offer short-term relief. For a severe problem, surgery may be an option.
How is Cervical Spondylosis Diagnosed?
Cervical spondylosis can usually be diagnosed based on your history of symptoms, a physical exam, and imaging tests. These are tests that produce various kinds of pictures of your body. Such tests include:
- X-rays. They can help measure the extent of arthritis or injuries to the bones.
- MRI. This test checks your spinal nerves and looks for disc problems.
- CT scan. This test checks your spinal canal, bones, and joints.
What are the Symptoms for Cervical Spondylosis?
There are often no symptoms. When there are symptoms, neck pain and stiffness are the main ones. They are usually worse in the morning and get better throughout the day. You may also have a headache.
If bony growths are pushing against a nerve root or the spinal cord , you may have numbness, tingling, weakness, or an aching, shooting pain in your arm or leg.
What Causes Cervical Spondylosis?
As your body ages, the discs between the bones of the spine become stiffer and can break down. The bones also wear down and can grow bone spurs.
When this condition is in the neck, it’s called cervical spondylosis.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
- The condition becomes worse
- There are signs of complications
- You develop new symptoms (such as loss of movement or feeling in an area of the body)
- You lose control of your bladder or bowels (call right away)