Signs of spondylosis in the cervical spine (neck)
Spondylosis of the neck is a term used to describe any disease in the cervical region of the spine that is degenerative in nature. This condition often occurs due to continuous wear of the spinal discs and tissues. Since it can take the form of many different diseases, a variety of symptoms may be present, which typically center around pain.
Common spondylosis symptoms
If you are suffering from spondylosis in the neck, the following symptoms may arise:
- Tenderness due to nerve compression or inflammation of surrounding structures
- Localized pain in the neck and shoulders associated with bending, lifting or twisting
- Radiating pain, tingling, numbness and weakness into the arms, hands and shoulders
- Loss of coordination or bowel and bladder dysfunction (which requires immediate medical attention)
It may often be difficult to pinpoint spondylosis as the specific cause of these symptoms since it is a very widespread condition. In order to receive a concrete diagnosis, it is important to consult your doctor. He or she will obtain your medical history, followed by a physical examination and diagnostic testing, to determine the cause, location and severity of your spondylosis symptoms.
Treatment methods for spondylosis symptoms
With surgery typically being saved as a measure of last resort, your doctor may first recommend a variety of conservative therapies to treat your spondylosis symptoms. This may include anti-inflammatories, pain medications and muscle relaxants, along with physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, hot and cold compresses, low-impact exercises and weight management.
If these treatments fail to provide you with adequate relief after several weeks or months, then surgical intervention may become necessary to ease your spondylosis symptoms. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn why our procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain since 2005. Though the use of a small incision that is muscle-sparing, our procedures are able to reduce the risk of postsurgical complication and allow our patients to quickly get back to the activities they have been missing out on.^
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