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What sort of disorder is cervical spondylosis?

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Dr. Sean MacKenzie
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Aging: Spondylosis is a degenerative process of the spine that everyone will get as they age. Disks between the bones of the spine will lose height and bulge out. Facet joints will lose cartilage and grow bone spurs. Ligaments will often get thicker. Spondylosis can start as early as the teenage years, or may not be apparent until the 40's to 50's.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Neck degeneration: Degeneratiom of disc and joints of neck it may or may not be symptomatic.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Aging changes: Wear and tear of the joints in the neck is the cause of cervical spondylosis. It is not a disease, but rather the effects of daily wear and trauma that occurs of a lifetime that causes these changes. Everyone develops it to some degree. Only some become symptomatic to the degree that requires treatment.

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Are their any neurological disorders that can be caused by or linked to cervical spondylosis?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
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Absolutely: Myelopathy and radiculopathy can both be caused by cervical spondylosis.

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