Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative disc disease affecting the spinal joints in the neck. When working properly, the soft discs between vertebrae provide cushioning, allowing for free movement of the spine. When the discs of the neck become compressed, it can lead to the development of spondylosis. This compression can lead to the degeneration of cushioning between the vertebrae, causing contact between bones. Once the protective cushion is gone, bone spurs may develop, giving nerves less room to pass between vertebrae.
Spondylosis is more common in older patients, and many do not feel symptoms. Some patients may not even be aware of the condition developing in their neck unless their disc compression leads to nerve pressure, causing discomfort. Patients experiencing neck pain, headaches, muscle weakness in the arms, a grinding sensation in the neck, stiffness, or trouble keeping balance could be experiencing symptoms related to cervical spondylosis.
There are a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques used in the process of diagnosing cervical spondylosis, including x-ray, MRI, and CT/myelography. Once diagnosed, a physician can determine the best treatment plan to suit their patient’s needs. Some patients find relief through over-the-counter anti- inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Cold compresses can also provide temporary relief from discomfort associated with cervical spondylosis.
In some cases, patients need the help of a physician specializing in pain management. The pain management physicians at Segura Neuroscience & Pain Center are specially trained to treat a variety of spinal conditions.