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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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Dr. David Lundin
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Cervical (Neck) Spondylosis (Definition)

A condition involving changes to the bones, discs, and joints of the neck. These changes are caused by the normal wear-and-tear of aging. With age, the discs of the cervical spine gradually break down, lose fluid, and become stiffer. ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis bad?

Are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis bad?

Can be: Cervical spondylosis- arthritis of the neck usually manifests itself in neck pain and sometimes arthritis spurs which narrow the nerve exit hole(foramen) and the central spinal canal which can cause weakness and pain of an extremity as well as weakness of the arms and legs. It can also be mild. This is a significantly variable disease. See the neurosurgeon or orthospine surgeon. ...Read more

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Why do doctors not tell patients if they suspect a diagnosis? Had "cervical spondylosis" in my pituitary surgery records yrs before a doctor diagnosed

Why do doctors not tell patients if they suspect a diagnosis? Had "cervical spondylosis" in my pituitary surgery records yrs before a doctor diagnosed

Not sure: Cervical spondylosis is something we see on films. It may or may not have any clinical symptoms associated with it. Most men and women will have some degree of spondylosis at age 60. If the spondylosis is very severe or causing symptoms it should be addressed, but if it is mild and without symtpoms it may just represent your age and not a "diagnosis" per se. ...Read more

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I was already diagnosed cervical spondylosis and radiculitis, lumbosacral radiculitis, and ljd what are my outcomes for the futu more information on my cervical spondylosis::::will cervical spondylosis and radiculitis, lumbosacral radiculitis, and lumbar

Hi, sorry : Hi, sorry to hear about your problems. First of all, try not to worry. Yes, paralysis is possible with cervical spondylolysis, but it is rare and usually does not occur overnight. Having said that, it is difficult to advise based on the histroy alone. Physical examination and MRI report would be needed to get a better picture of your problem. The pain does not always correlate with the findings. In other words, many people have severe pain and little pathology or a lot of pathology and mild pain. It sounds like your pain is not acute but rather chronic. Medications do tend to stop working over time and sometimes they need to be changed or replaced by others to control pain. Increased pain alone does not indicate that something terrible is going on. Watch for weakness in the arms or legs, changes in your bowel/bladder function, and , if you need to, get a second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would cause cervical spondylosis in a 30 year old? (seen on mri) and could it cause random sensory symptoms?

What would cause cervical spondylosis in a 30 year old? (seen on mri) and could it cause random sensory symptoms?

Degenerative disease: Spondylosis is another word for degenerative disease or arthritis. There may not be a "cause" other than having a neck and living more than 20 years (mri studies of people with no pain have shown degenerative findings that appear and progress after age 20). If the degenerative discs and joints become inflamed or compress nerves, abnormal skin sensations, shooting pain, or weakness can occur. ...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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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is best treatment for cervical spondylosis?

Patient specific: If there is associated stenosis and/or myelopathy, decompression is probably needed; without stenosis, can be treated by range of motion exercise, physical therapy, facet injections, etc. ...Read more

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For cervical spondylosis, which is the best treatment?

Non-operative : Non-operative treatments are usually the first line. These include physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, massage, exercise, traction. When these fail surgery is the next step and can often be very successful at treating radiculopathy or myelopathy. ...Read more

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Any way to prevent cervical spondylosis from worsening?

Any way to prevent cervical spondylosis from worsening?

No: Short of dying now, no. There is no foutain of youth to reverse these aging changes but if you smoke, stop as this will slow the rate of degeneration. ...Read more

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What drugs are effective for cervical spondylosis?

Anti-inflammatories: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can relieve symptoms. Nothing reverses the cervical spondylosis. ...Read more

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Was recently diagnosed with cervical spondylosis. My dad is in a wheel chair because of it. How does this disease progress?

Very variable,slowly: Most people have some form of cervical spondylosis as we age. It basically is a fancy term for cervical arthritic changes. It is a bit early for a 35 year old such as yourself. Spondylosis by itself won't put anyone in a wheelchair unless it causes cord compression resulting in cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Also not everyone with cord compression gets myelopathy. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to avoid cervical spondylosis?

Cannot avoid: Cervical spine spondylosis or arthritis is unavoidable. Traumatic incidents increase the severity of the arthritis. Genetics and strenuous activity contribute as well. Flexibility exercises, range of motion exercises, good health and exercise help all arthritic conditions. ...Read more

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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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Are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis bad?

Can be: Cervical spondylosis- arthritis of the neck usually manifests itself in neck pain and sometimes arthritis spurs which narrow the nerve exit hole(foramen) and the central spinal canal which can cause weakness and pain of an extremity as well as weakness of the arms and legs. It can also be mild. This is a significantly variable disease. See the neurosurgeon or orthospine surgeon. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is cervical spondylosis?

What sort of disorder is cervical spondylosis?

Neck degeneration: Degeneratiom of disc and joints of neck it may or may not be symptomatic. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for cervical spondylosis?

What do you recommend for cervical spondylosis?

Exercise: Flexibility and range of motion exercises help keep the spine with good mobility and will keep your pain to a minimum. Also, good physical condition, avoid smoking, and keep weight to the recommended level. Obesity causes all spine conditions to be worse. ...Read more

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What is cervical spondylosis? Can you describe it?

What is cervical spondylosis? Can you describe it?

Degenerative bone: Degenerative changes in the vertebrae in the neck cause irregular bony processes, degenerative changes in the disc and ligaments combine to narrow the spinal canal and damage the spinal cord. The symptoms are in part due to osteoarthritis of the cervical spine, but more seriously due to damage to the spinal cord and its nerves. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure cervical spondylosis?

What is the best way to cure cervical spondylosis?

Spondylosis: Spondylosis is simply arthritis of the disc and facets. This is not a common reason for spine surgery. It usually will cause neck pain that is aggravated by activity. Now, if pressure is present on the nerves from the arthritis (spinal stenosis) that is a different story. I would try nonsurgical treatment first: physical therapy, arthritis meds, nerve blocks, & reserve surgery for failures. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to avoid cervical spondylosis?

Cannot avoid: Cervical spine spondylosis or arthritis is unavoidable. Traumatic incidents increase the severity of the arthritis. Genetics and strenuous activity contribute as well. Flexibility exercises, range of motion exercises, good health and exercise help all arthritic conditions. ...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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Spondylosis (Definition)

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