Also known as neck arthritis or cervical osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis is a condition that can be debilitating and painful if left untreated. It is more likely to occur as people age, with individuals age sixty or over having greater odds of developing the condition.
To achieve a better understanding of cervical spondylosis, let’s take a brief anatomy lesson. The cervical area of the spine is found in the neck and consists of seven vertebrae, each of which is defined by the letter “C” and a number. C1 and C2 are known as the atlas and axis, respectively and they are responsible for allowing a broad array of articulations. In fact, neck rotation occurs between these two vertebrae.
As the neck undergoes normal wear and tear, there are greater odds of developing cervical spondylosis. The condition can also be caused by bone spurs (overgrowths), dehydrated or herniated discs, or suffering an injury such as a fall. Genetics, smoking, and obesity may also increase the risk of developing the condition.
Symptoms of cervical spondylosis include neck pain or stiffness, pain in the shoulders or arms, experiencing difficulty when trying to bend the neck or turn the head, or headaches that appear to be originating from the neck.
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