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My Mother Was Diagnosed With Cervical Spondylosis Can You Tell Me About It
Narrow spinal canal: This is a narrowing of the spinal canal caused by arthritis and associated degeneration and growth of the joints and ligaments of the cervical spine. This can cause compression of the spinal cord if the joint/ligament overgrowth is severe enough, particularly if someone is born with a more narrow spinal canal. Spinal cord compression can cause weakness of the arms/legs and difficulty walking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What do you suggest if my mother in law aged 62 has cervical spondylosis, she has excruciating pain in neck , also?
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
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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