What is cervical spondylosis?
Changes in curvature of the human cervical vertebrae
, deterioration of the intervertebral discs, joints and surrounding tissues affect the nerve around the neck, backbone and arteries, causing problems around that region.
Since 1948, the term "cervical spondylosis" was adopted internationally to describe this condition.
- It is the long-term damage caused by certain physical work, past injuries, a birth condition or it may have developed from health problems associated with aging.
- It tends to strike people above 40 years old. It may be caused by years of working with the head bent, as in deskwork, or the long-term effect of watching too much television.
Symptoms and diagnosis
- Pain in the neck, shoulders and upper part of the back, headache and giddiness, numbness in the arms.
- Stiffness of the neck , pain around the shoulder blade, weakness in arm muscles and shrinking of the arm muscles.
- Positive results from Traction tests and tests involving the head bent forward are indications of cervical spondylosis.
- X-rays taken of various views of the cervical vertebrae can show up indications of this condition. Some of the indications are:-
- Calcifying of the ligaments
- Neural canals that are smaller than usual
- Decrease in the gaps between each cervical vertebra
- A straightening of the curvature of the cervical vertebrae
The cervical vertebrae are the 7 vertebrae in the neck region of a mammal.