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Cervical Spondylosis

Overview

Cervical Spondylosis is a medical condition where the disks of the neck degenerate. This leads to pressurizing the spinal cord in the neck. This disease is commonly seen in middle aged and older people. It can be equally seen in men and women. The cervical spondylosis is also called cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis.


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Causes

The osteoarthritis patients usually suffer from cervical spondylosis. The vertebrae in the neck degenerate and in the process of regeneration of the bones the spinal canal narrows down. This leads to losing the flexibility of the neck and pain in the process.


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Signs & Symptoms

The patient of cervical spondylosis may complain of the following symptoms namely:_

  • The patient may initially experience unsteady and jerky walk.
  • There may be pain in the neck and it may loss the flexibility in the neck.
  • There may be reduced sensation in the feet and hands.
  • There may be increased muscle spasm in the legs.
  • Even slight coughing, sneezing and other jerky movements may worsen the symptoms of the neck.
  • Severe compression may impair the bladder and bowel function of the patient.
  • The pain of the cervical spondylosis may radiate to the head and shoulders and arms.
  • In severe cases the arms may waste away and become limp.
  • The reflexes in the arms may also decrease.
  • The patient may complain of headaches particularly in the back of the head.
  • Sometimes the patient may also loose balance.
  • Some patients may also lose control over the bladder or bowel movements.
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Prevention

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Treatments
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Patient of cervical spondylosis may get the treatment as per the severity of the case. The treatment may include soft neck collar and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Some doctors may also recommend muscle relaxants and surgery. The drugs of choice to cut down the pain are Advilmotrin and Robaxin. In case of severity the surgery may also be recommended. Some times Lioresal, a muscle relaxant may also be used to relieve the pain. 

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