Cervical Spondylosis: Causes and Symptoms
Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition affecting the joints of the spine. The prevalence of the disease increases to 95% by age 65 years. There isn’t any cure for this condition, but treatments can help manage pain and prevent further damage. Let’s look at some causes of cervical spondylosis.
What is Cervical Spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis is a type of arthritis called degenerative spondylolisthesis or cervical intervertebral disc disease (CIDD). CIDD can affect any part of the cervical spine but most commonly occurs in areas damaged by trauma or wear-and-tear over time.
When this happens, bone spurs form on the vertebrae where they meet each other at the joints. This causes pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots as they exit from their bony canal through small openings called foraminae.
Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis
The most common symptoms are as follows:
· Pain in the neck, upper back, in one arm or both arms
· Weakness and loss of sensation in one arm or both arms
· Migraines and loss of balance or dizziness
· Numbness in one arm or both arms
· Weakness in one leg or both legs
Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and may come and go over time. The pain, stiffness, numbness and tingling in your arms or legs may worsen when you turn your head. The severity of these symptoms depends on how advanced your condition is; some people may have only mild discomfort while others have severe pain.
Causes of Cervical Spondylosis:
We have the top causes of cervical spondylosis as follows:
· Aging and Non-Sustainable Habits
These include slouching or lifting incorrectly, which can wear out the back. It’s estimated that 80% of people will experience back pain. When this happens, it is important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible so you can begin treatment immediately.
· Stress and Weight Gain
Both physical and emotional stress can contribute to the development of this condition. Obesity is a major risk factor for developing cervical spondylosis. Excess weight puts extra stress on your bones and joints, leading to wear and tear on your body.
· Neck or Spine Injury
Injury to the neck or spine is a common cause of cervical spondylosis. In most cases, it happens when someone falls or is in an accident, leading to fractures and sprains of the cervical vertebrae and ligaments that connect them.
The causes and symptoms of cervical spondylosis vary and can impact people differently. If you are elderly, have experienced chronic pain, and are looking for a more sustainable way to treat your pain, consider visiting Jullietr Care.
We are located in several offices throughout North Carolina. Our team will provide you with the most advanced treatments available so that you can live life to its fullest. We offer comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans that can help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. Please fill out the form below to contact our team