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How to know if I have cervical (neck) spondylosis?

Imaging : An MRI of the cervical spine can answer your question. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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I need help! How do I know if I have cervical (neck) spondylosis?

I need help! How do I know if I have cervical (neck) spondylosis?

Radiology: Certainly symptoms of neck pain or radiating pain to the arms or hands may give you some indication of cervical spondlylosis. However, x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans can provide a visual confirmation and can pin down the level(s) of the spine that are affected. This is particularly important if any surgical treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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Do you have recommendations for reducing headaches at the base of the skull that are cervicogenic? I have cervical spondylosis. Neck/upper back tight.

Do you have recommendations for reducing headaches at the base of the skull that are cervicogenic? I have cervical spondylosis. Neck/upper back tight.

OMM: It would be helpful to know your age and to review your cervical x-rays; to predict how you would respond to osteopathic manipulative treatment; however, the majority of patients with your diagnosis experience palliative relief and improved range of motion. ...Read more

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Sometimes my sternum pops when i move my head back. I have cervical spondylosis and neck pops, but this is sternum. Why does it pop?

For the similar : Reason your neck does as with motion certain structures can change position and cause this sound or sensation which can range from muscle, tendon, ligament or joint mobilization. There is nothing harmful about this. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis. Strained neck 3 weeks ago. Did 5 sessions of physio. Took celebrax. Not much improvement. Next course of action by doctor?

Time: Just give it more time. You note some improvement over 3 weeks. This could take another 3-9 weeks to resolve. Continue your current treatment as long as you continue to improve. If you do not or worsen, then follow up with your doctor for further evaluation which may include a change in medication or further imaging like a MRI or both. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis. Did neck traction 3 times, started at mininum weight n increase 1kg every time. Now feel tension at throat. Is it related?

Have cervical spondylosis. Did neck traction 3 times, started at mininum weight n increase 1kg every time. Now feel tension at throat. Is it related?

Unlikely anything : Is happening other than there are front or anterior neck muscles that may be strained from the traction to explain your symptoms . If it persists or worsens, get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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What happens to the neck bones in cervical spondylosis?

What happens to the neck bones in cervical spondylosis?

Osteophytes: The vertebrae of the the spinal column become irregularly thickened and may have irregular projections. These irregularities cause narrowing of the spinal canal and impinge on the spinal cord leading to neurological deficits. ...Read more

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What does cervical spondylosis feel like, a tight neck?

What does cervical spondylosis feel like, a tight neck?

Nerve damage: Stiff neck is a symptom, however, nerve damage manifesting as weakness, numbness and muscle wasting in the legs and urinary symptoms may be more troublesome. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drive two wheeler if I have cervical and lumbar spondylosis it pains in neck if i drive but its my necassity?

Is it safe to drive two wheeler  if I have cervical and lumbar spondylosis it pains in neck if i drive but its my necassity?

Not safe: U need 2 wear a helmet ; this alone will increase symptoms, as will bumps that jar ur entire spine, even if u r standing most of the time like a jockey riding a race horse. If it's a necessity for ur work u have 2 wiegh the pros ; cons; make a decision knowing the consequences. ...Read more

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cervical spondylosis have any connection to the node neck tension and narrowing neck bites in the trachea and breathlessness?

 cervical spondylosis have any connection to the node neck tension and narrowing neck bites in the trachea and breathlessness?

??????: Sorry, your question is not in understandable English. Please have someone with a better command of English help you. ...Read more

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Does cracking your neck/back do any harm? I have cervical spondylosis and a torn l4/l5 disc. I get relief from stiffness w/ cracking.

Does cracking your neck/back do any harm? I have cervical spondylosis and a torn l4/l5 disc. I get relief from stiffness w/ cracking.

If it feels good: The noise made when you crack your neck is thought to be from cavitation-- it happens when the volume of the joint space suddenly expands, like when you open a soda can. Its good that you can relieve some of your stiffness. If you incorporated core strengthening, gentle yoga type stretching with controlled breathing exercises and normal motion patterns, you will have your best chance of healing. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis without myelopathy. I was walking when struck by a suv in may of 2012. No neck or shoulder problems before. Why now?

Cervical spondylosis without myelopathy. I was walking when struck by a suv in may of 2012. No neck or shoulder problems before. Why now?

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. ...Read more

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6 months n 20 sessions of pt. Still neck n shoulder pain.How effective is steroid jab for herniated cervical discs n spondylosis? Risks?Other options?

6 months n 20 sessions of pt. Still neck n shoulder pain.How effective is steroid jab for herniated cervical discs n spondylosis? Risks?Other options?

See below: You mention two very different diagnosis (and injections). Cervical epidurals (for disc herniated discs) and cervical facet blocks (for spondylosis) are both very effective. If you have failed pt other than traction I am not sure what other conservative treatments there are. ...Read more

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My mother (age 62) has cervical spondylosis and has excruciating pain in neck. What can she do for the pain?

A few thoughts: The usual answer is surgery, such as laminectomy or fusion or various pain medications.In my practice, I find that treating the peripheral nerves with neuroprolotherapy (NPT) is more effective.Though most drs. attribute the pain to the spondylosis (bony overgrowth), the pain is often due to swollen nerves (dorsal rami, for instance).NPT reduces the swelling & pain for some people. ...Read more

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Hit in neck 7wks ago mri-chronic cervical spondylosis c56c67 degenerative bony narrowings left sided associated mild left facet arthropathy. Worried?

Hit in neck 7wks ago mri-chronic cervical spondylosis c56c67 degenerative bony narrowings left sided associated mild left facet arthropathy. Worried?

Common findings: The MRI seems to describe very common degenerative type changes at typical locations in the neck. They are described as chronic, which indicates these are due to wear and tear over time and not likely related to your being hit in the neck. These changes will likely continue to happen over the course of a lifetime and may be a source of pain in your neck and/or arms from time to time. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mother in law aged 62 has cervical spondylosis, she has excruciating pain in neck , also?

What do you suggest if my mother in law aged 62 has cervical spondylosis, she has excruciating pain in neck , also?

See below. : There are many reasons for cervical pain, with or without spondylosis. Have her seen by an orthopedic specialist. An MRI might be required for a better evaluation. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis c5-c6, c6-c7, in pain, wearing neck brace. Was told hanging my head upside down is good for recovery. Any truth in that?

This would be like: Doing traction by letting gravity do the pulling off loading your neck. Traction may help if the position is tolerable for you for this degenerative issue in your neck. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis creating tension on artery, I get vertigo due to this when I bend my neck slightly down, is it dangerous? could I get a stroke?

Cervical spondylosis creating tension on artery, I get vertigo due to this when I bend my neck slightly down, is it dangerous? could I get a stroke?

See Neurologist: If you get vertigo, nausea, vomiting, or faintness by your head being in different positions then, you need a neurologist for a workup and plan to approach patient with either a neurosurgeon or orthopedist as necessary. I believe chances are extremely low for a stroke from what you've described, however, your neurologist can better answer that question. Write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Ear pain & pressure. Could it be related to cervical spondylosis? Having some pain down neck and upper back, too.

Ear pain & pressure. Could it be related to cervical spondylosis? Having some pain down neck and upper back, too.

Quick exam: The pains on your neck and back are likely from the c-spine problem. The ear problem could be, but presumptive diagnosis without proof would be wrong. Go to your doctor and a quick look at your ear and an examination of your spine and movements can help your md make proper dx, or more exam and referral if needed.. ...Read more

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Dr said I have cervical spondylosis I have lots of pain on my shoulders arms and i get cramps when i move my hands and neck i get dizziness at times?

Very general: Spondylosis is a very general diagnosis and at your age would not be that significant. If your pain is traveling down one or both arms and there is weakness, the next step is a MRI scan. Most neck pain will resolve in time and with conservative care. If you have had the problem for more than a few months and it is not improving then you need to see a specialist for a more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pain in Lt shoulder blade/neck,pins& needles, clumsiness & arm weakness. Mri showed cervical Osteophyte. Does this mean I have cervical spondylosis?

Pain in Lt shoulder blade/neck,pins& needles, clumsiness & arm weakness. Mri showed cervical Osteophyte. Does this mean I have cervical spondylosis?

Spondylitis: is another term for degenerative arthritis of the spine, and osteophytes are a manifestation of degenerative change, so the answer is yes. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis n herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Neck, shoulder pain. Tingling sensation on hand. Going for chiropractic treatment. Any danger?

Depends: Please alert the chiropractor to your herniated discs. Gentle chiropractic may not cause additional damage. In presence of neural signs or symptoms (tingling), robust neck manipulation is not advised (can cause nerve damage). Who advised chiropractic over seeing a spine specialist for this? ...Read more

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Chronic r arm/shoulder pain x6yrs. 2 wrist surgeries & radial nerve release gave zero relief. Current CT angio neck report said modest cervical spondylosis. Could this be the cause of my arm pain?

Chronic r arm/shoulder pain x6yrs. 2 wrist surgeries & radial nerve release gave zero relief. Current CT angio neck report said modest cervical spondylosis. Could this be the cause of my arm pain?

Absolutely: Cervical spondylosis is a much more common cause of radiculopathy and nerve pain than thoracic outlet syndrome, a cervical rib, a brachial plexopathy or shoulder impingement syndrome, particularly with confirmed cervical spondylosis. Have a spine specialist consult. The history is extremely important and the patterns. Emg/ncv' s are sometimes helpful, but not always. ...Read more

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I am a 41 yr. Old female. 5 ft tall & 98 lbs. Just received X-ray report stating severe spondylosis in mid cervical spine. What does this mean. ?

I am a 41 yr. Old female. 5 ft tall & 98 lbs. Just received X-ray report stating severe spondylosis in mid cervical spine. What does this mean. ?

Spondylosis: Spondylosis is age related changes to the spine. This is not a disease and happens to everyone as they age. There is loss of water content of the disks, loss of disk height leading to bulging of the disks and narrowing of the spinal canal and foramen (areas where nerves exit the spine. This can lead to pressure on the spinal cord and disks. Ask to see a spine specialist to evaluate. ...Read more

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I had MRI cervical spine w&w/o contrast. Impression says: c6-7 protrusion & spondylosis w/mild left neural foraminal compromise & c5-6. Pls explain?

Cervical Spine MRI: The findings identify degeneration of the discs in the cervical spine causing compression of two hole in your spine (c5-6, c6-7). If you are having left arm pain, this may be the cause. Otherwise the findings are a normal progression of spinal wear and tear of a 56 yo spine. Please review the findings with the physician who ordered the MRI or a surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. ...Read more

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Does cervical spine or lumbar spine surgery have the best prognosis and ease of surgery? Is artificial disc replacement or fusion  surgery best for treating cervical spondylosis?

Many variations: Anterior or posterior, discectomy, decompression, or fusion. All affect recovery rates. For fusions, anterior cervical tends to be an easier recovery than lumbar. Cervical adr is quite comparable to fusion for short and mid-term outcomes. Longer term studies may show better long-term results than fusion, but we currently don't have enough data. ...Read more

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Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after a acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after a acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

All things are : Possible and the fact that you have ongoing neck pain needs to be evaluated to see if your fusion healed and if there are no adjacent level issues in the neck. The same process that caused your neck pain cold also be at work in your lower back. See your spine surgeon to have these issues evaluated. ...Read more

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What is meaning of spondylosis cervical with radiculopathy?

Arthritis: Cervical spondylosis with radiculopathy means you have arthritic changes in your neck (cervical spine) which is causing nerve irritation thereby causing pain down the arm or in the neck. ...Read more

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Can cervical and lumber spondylosis patients do cardio? Light or heavy cardio?

Yes: Cardio exercises usually do not involve heavy lifting as strange as it may sound. They involve your heart to beat faster. These exercises can be done on a treadmill, stationary bike or even pool. Your back issues may only minimally interfere with these activities. ...Read more

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Can cervical & lumb spondylosis cause u 2 walk sideways . Feeling like walking 2 the left ?

Can cervical & lumb spondylosis cause u 2 walk sideways . Feeling like walking 2 the left ?

Perhaps...: It is possible that you could have a leg -length discrepancy secondary to tilt in your pelvis or spine that is making you feel you are walking sideways. The body compensates pretty well with a difference up to about 2 cm though. If it is a problem try a shoe lift. ...Read more

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Neck pain with mild spondylosis?

Neck pain with mild spondylosis?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint (spondylosis) or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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How can I treat cervical spondylosis?

How can I treat cervical spondylosis?

Exercise: Cervical spondylosis is the fancy term for arthritis of the neck vertebrae. The best treatment for those arthritic changes is flexibility exercises and maintenance of range of motion. Use spineuniverse.Com for cervical spine exercises. As usual and with all condtions, no smoking, keep weight down to recommended level, and maintain good physical health. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Spondylosis (Definition)

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