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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Cervical Spondylitis And Spondylosis

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What is the difference between muscle spasms and muscle cramps? I have cervical spondylosis and I call it spasms. Accurate?

What is the difference between muscle spasms and muscle cramps? I have cervical spondylosis and I call it spasms. Accurate?

No: You are referring to 3 different diagnoses, tho they are related. Muscles spasms are intermittent as in on and off. A cramp is unrelenting that is constant w/o intermittent relief. Both can be caused by spondylosis, which is a type of dislocation of the vertebra in the spine, putting strain and tension on ligaments and tendons, which leads to the mucsular pain. Txs are avalable. Talk to your dr. ...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 have spondylosis and spondylitis. Is there any hope for me?

I have spondylosis and spondylitis. Is there any hope for me?

Yes: Anti-inflamatory medications, physical therapy and bracing can help alleviate the symptoms but not necessarily cure the problem. Often have to resort to surgery when all else fails. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a cure for diseases of the spine called spondylosis and spondylitis?

Please let me know if there is a cure for diseases of the spine called spondylosis and spondylitis?

It may: Spondylolysis is a fracture of part of a vertebra. It could heal on its own over a six week period. Spondylisthesis involves a fracture of a vertebra that slips out of the vertebral column. See an orthopedic spine specialist for differentiation and treatment. ...Read more

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How are spondylosis and spondylitis distinguished from each other?

Spondylosis is a: Term referring to the natural aging process of the spine that does not necessarily lead to any symptoms while spondylitis refers to an inflammatory condition causing pain with associated degenerative changes occuring as a result of that inflammation which can be from multiple causes. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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

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What is the definition or description of: cervical spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis: This is a broad term for arthritic changes within the cervical spine: bone, disc, joint, ligaments. It can range from minor to severe and it can be relatively asymptomatic to very symptomatic. ...Read more

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How come I have cervical spondylosis, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have cervical spondylosis, but nobody else in the family has it?

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 more

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After being diagnosed with cervical spondylosis can anyone still go on to lead productive lives?

After being diagnosed with cervical spondylosis can anyone still go on to lead productive lives?

Absolutely: Most patients can be treated and often nearly completely relieved of their symptoms with either non-operative or operative intervention. It should not lead to long term disability for most patients. ...Read more

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Is it okay to jog 4 days a week with cervical spondylosis? It doesn't seem to cause me further pain.

Is it okay to jog 4 days a week with cervical spondylosis? It doesn't seem to cause me further pain.

Yes, it is ok: Daily exercises including jogging is ok as long as it does not aggravate your symptoms. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis and weight training?

Cervical spondylosis and weight training?

Should not: Interfere. Talk with a trainer to avoid exercise for the trapezius, which may worsen neck pain. Shoulder, pec, biceps, and leg exercises should not causes issues! ...Read more

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What kind of pillows are good for people suffering from cervical spondylosis?

What kind of pillows are good for people suffering from cervical spondylosis?

Ergonomic pillows: Usually ergonomic pillows that adapt to the normal curvature of your neck withot exagereting it are the best. ...Read more

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What are sign and symptoms of cervical and lumbar spondylosis?

Usually none: This is a descriptive term to note age related changes of the spine that could eventually lead to an inflammation which would them cause symptoms. ...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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Can you please suggest treatment for spondylosis (cervical & lumbar)?

Conservative primary: Spondylosis simply refers to degeneration of the spine. By the age of 40, over half the population shows radiographic evidence of this, regardless of the presence of symptoms. Therefore in essence it is normal for someone of your age to have some "spondylosis."
the question is symptomatology. Back or neck pain is treated conservatively primarily. Radiating pain sometimes requires interventio. ...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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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

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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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Is cervical spondylosis curable?

Is cervical spondylosis curable?

Not curable: Since cervical spondylosis is arthritis changes in the cervical spine, it cannot be cured. It is a normal degenerative process as we age. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for cervical spondylosis?

No but secondary: Issues that can result from these aging related symptoms can be managed usually with nonoperative means and when indicated, surgery. Cervical spondylosis is a normal finding as we age. ...Read more

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