Doctor insights on: Cervical spondylosis at young age
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
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
What do you suggest if my mother in law aged 62 has cervical spondylosis, she has excruciating pain in neck, also?
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.
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As usual and with all condtions, no smoking, keep weight down to recommended level, and maintain good physical health. Best of luck! ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Very Common: Spondylosis is basically a fancy term for wear and tear of the spine. We will all develop wear and tear over time and generally don't know it. Spondylosis is seen on xrays or MRI as degeneration of the discs or joints of the spine. It is often not painful but certainly can be. It is more common to see spondylosis as we age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it okay to jog 4 days a week with cervical spondylosis? It doesn't seem to cause me further pain.
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
Yes: There is definitely an entity known as cervical vertigo. The spondylosis of the neck may send electrical stimuli to the central nucleus of the 5th cranial nerve and from there connections to the vestibular nuclei. Therapy aimed at the spondylosis could relieve the vertigo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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