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Cervical Spondylosis Myelopathy
Neck degeneration: Cervical spondylosis is an arthritic-like wear and tear degeneration of the vertebrae, and typically results in neck pain, stiffness, and decreased flexibility. When the process results in bony changes, the spinal canal can narrow at various levels, and if the spinal cord is compressed, that can cause numbness, weakness, and bladder problems (result of "myelopathy"). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone tell me what cervical spondylosis without myelopathy means? And what are annular tears?
Degenerative changes: Cervical spondylosis implies degenerative changes of the cervical spine. These changes will occur in everyone, & typically starts in the 2nd decade of life. It involves bone spurs, degenerative disc(s), includes tears in the annulus (structure that surrounds the disc material), herniated discs. Myelopathy is a disturbance of the spinal cord mostly due to a pathology compressing the spinal cord. ...Read more
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 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
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
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