Cervical Spondylosis is a kind of degenerative disease that affects your neck. It is a common term for age-related wear and tear giving rise to problems in the spinal disks in your neck. As the disks desiccate and shrink, signs of osteoarthritis also start developing with bony projections alongside the edges of bones.
Causes of Cervical Spondylosis
- Bone spurs
- Dehydrated Spinal discs
- Herniated disc
- Over exertion
Cervical Spondylosis could be characterized as follows:
- Pain that radiates to the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Pain and stiffness that is worse first thing in the morning, and then improves after getting up and moving around
- Pain that gets worse again at the end of the day
- Feels better with rest
- May include headaches, especially headaches in the back of the head
- Rest when the pain is severe
- Intake of NSAID such as ibuprofen, naproxen or COX 2 Inhibitor to relieve the pain from the inflammation.
- Traction and/or chiropractic adjustment to help control chronic symptoms or provide relief for more severe episodes of pain from osteoarthritis
The risk of Cervical Spondylosis could be reduced by
- Staying physically active.
- Maintaining a good posture
- Preventing neck injuries when exercising or playing sports.