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A 62-year-old female asked:

Cervical spondylosis without myelopathy. i was walking when struck by a suv in may of 2012. no neck or shoulder problems before. why now?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
You got hit by a SUV: All 62 year olds have spondylosis which is the aging of the spine. You sustained an injury to the structures of your neck that in a number of patients can exceed one year from time of injury in the distribution you describe. See a spine specialist for an evaluation and treatment suggestions as even a yonger person without pre existing spondylosis can also experience prolonged symptoms.
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Lighting up: People who have pre existing conditions like spondylosis often become symptomatic after trauma. This is caused "lighting up of a pre-existing condition" and is seen frequently in l&i cases.

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