About Cervical Spondyslosis
Aging causes changes to the cervical spine that are not preventable. Cervical spondylosis is a condition that results in deterioration of the joints of the spine that worsens with age. While not everyone will have symptoms or pain caused by spondylosis, some individuals may experience limited range of motion, “clicking or cracking” sounds when turning the head and in some instances worsening pain. Cervical spondylosis can result in pain that begins in the neck and radiates outward to your shoulders, head, arms and hands.
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Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis can include a variety of degenerative issues in the neck. Spinal discs deteriorate with aging and loose disc height, become thin, and sometimes bulge into surrounding nerves and tissue. Bone spurs can also appear on vertebrae as the body tries to repair the damage caused by deteriorating discs. This, combined with spinal osteoarthritis and inflammation, reduces the space reserved for the nerves, and can result in pain and limited range of motion. Patients often describe their pain as stiff, achy, and constant. The pain makes turning the head difficult and can even impair sleeping.
Treatments for Cervical Spondylosis
There are many different factors to consider when exploring cervical spondylosis treatments. Each patient may have different symptoms and varying degrees of deterioration. We utilize advanced imaging options for diagnosis and offer both interventional pain management strategies and regenerative medicine procedures to improve pain and improve function. While there is still no cure for cervical spondylosis, our treatments can help prevent surgery and improve your quality of life.
Using our Regenexx platform, we are able to treat all aspects of the degenerative cervical spine, including the muscles, ligaments, facet joints, spinal nerves, and if needed the cervical discs. By treating each level of the cervical spine as a “functional spinal unit”, we are able to stabilize lax ligaments, reduce inflammation around facets joints, and repair torn or damaged muscle tissue all at the same time. When this is paired with a custom-tailored post-op recovery rehabilitation schedule regimen, our patients are able to achieve dramatic improvements all without the need for medications or unnecessary surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about our regenerative medicine procedures, please call Ospina Medical today and book your consultation. Our team is well equipped to answer any of your questions and we look forward to getting you back to living your life!
Cervical Spondylosis FAQ
What exactly is cervical spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis refers to the cumulative effects of age-related wear and tear of the spinal discs of the neck. This can include bone spurs and the shrinking and degeneration of the cushioning discs between the vertebrae. Some of the effects of cervical spondylosis include:
- Bone spurs
- Stiff, tight ligaments
- Herniated discs
- Dehydrated discs
- Pain and inflammation
- Reduced range of motion
Can cervical spondylosis be cured?
Unfortunately, cervical spondylosis is a progressive, degenerative condition resulting from the natural effects of aging. However, there are effective nonsurgical treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms. During your consultation at Ospina Medical, we will examine you and review your medical history to create a personalized treatment plan to achieve optimal results.
How many people have cervical spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis is actually very common. As many as 85% of adults over the age of 60 are affected by cervical spondylosis.
What are the risk factors for cervical spondylosis?
- Age (60+)
- Occupation (that includes repetitive motions or neck strain)
- Injuries to the neck or spine
- Genetics and family history
- Smoking tobacco