Spondylosis is simply termed as arthritis indicating degenerative arthritic changes in the spine. In the spine, degenerative changes occur as a part of the normal aging process. Everyone is experienced with spondylosis as he or she gets older. Over 85% of people are affected by cervical spondylosis after 60 years. This degenerative change commonly occurs in the vertebral body and never roots openings. Cervical spondylosis affects the spinal disc in the neck due to the age-related factor. Cervical spondylosis occurs due to wear and tear in the cartilage and bones.
If the cervical spondylosis results from the pressure on the spinal cord then the condition is called cervical myelopathy. The symptoms of such conditions are lack of coordination, walking difficulties, numbness, tingling weakness in the arm, foot, hands, Muscle spasms, headaches, a grinding feeling while moving the neck, loss of bladder, bowel control. Another condition is when the bone spurs press on the nerves as they exit the bones of the spinal column, it causes cervical radiculopathy. Shooting pain either in one or both arms is the symptom of this condition.
After discussing the patient’s medical history, the doctor will examine his neck, arms, shoulder, and leg. Many clinical examinations will be conducted to see whether there are any changes in reflexes, flexibility in the arms and neck, touching sensation, strength in the fingers, hands, and arms.
When the basic cervical spondylosis treatments such as medication, physiotherapy, steroid injections, using cervical collar fail to reduce the symptoms, finally the surgeon will prefer to go for surgical treatment. The surgery purely depends on the conditions. When a spinal never is heavily pinched by a herniated disc or bone, if the spinal cord is compressed or when the patient has progressive symptoms such as numbness, weakness, unable to coordinate, then the condition will be helped by out surgical intervention.
We can stay away from cervical spondylosis by avoiding neck trauma, staying physically active, staying in good posture etc. While playing, wearing the right equipment and playing in the right form mostly avoids cervical traumas.
Dr. Shyam Sundar has been a popular Neurosurgeon in Fortis Malar Hospital, Venkateswara Hospital, C.S.I Kalyani Multi Specialty Hospital etc. He is well renowned for cervical spondylosis surgery in Chennai out of his handful of experience.
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