The bones in the neck begin to degenerate with aging. Disc degeneration (collapse, of the disc spaces and loss of disc space height) and bone spurs lead to cervical spondylosis. The disc space becomes narrow and gradually compresses the nerve. In advanced cases of cervical spondylosis, spinal cord is affected and may also lead to paralysis of the arm.
Neck pain and stiffness resulting in limitation of movement; and numbness or weakness in arms, hands, and fingers can be commonly seen in patients with cervical spondylosis.
A thorough physical examination, neck X-ray, MRI of the neck and EMG aid in the diagnosis.
Neck immobilization with soft collars, pain management with NSAIDs or muscle relaxants, cervical traction and physiotherapy prove to be efficacious in treating cervical spondylosis. However, surgery is advised in cases of severe pain and nerve root compression. Surgery for cervical spondylosis involves correction of the degenerative pathologic entities that compress a nerve root or the spinal cord.
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