Spondylosis, or spinal arthritis means general wear and tear in the joints and bones of the spine on aging. Cervical spondylosis refers to these age-related changes that occur in the neck (the cervical spine). Changes of spondylosis can be found in 15% of people in their twenties and 85% of all patients over the age of 60.
Signs And Symptoms—
- Difficulty in walking
- Limited ability to bend the head toward the shoulder and rotate the head.
- Loss of co-ordination
- Loss of feeling in hands and legs
- Pain in the neck that may spread to the shoulders and the base of the skull.
- Pins and needles type pain
- Reflexes are often reduced
- Stiffness in neck
- Weakness or loss of sensation
- Degeneration of the cervical spine, including the cervical disks and the joints between the bones of the cervical spine
- Aging. By age 60, most women and men show signs of cervical spondylosis on x-ray.
- Previous neck injury
- Severe arthritis
- Previous spine surgery
- CT scan
- Spine MRI
- Spinal X-ray
- Neck X-ray
Surgery is done to relieve the pressure on the nerves or the spinal cord.