It is a common age related condition that affects the joints and disc in the neck. It is also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis. This condition tends to start sometime after the age of about 30 years. It develops due to the wear and tear of cartilage and bones found in the cervical spine, which is in the neck. The bones and protective cartilage are prone to wear and tear that can lead to cervical spondylosis. Few people never experience this disorder, but in some cases it becomes chronic, the person suffers from stiffness and severe pain. People with low bone density and less calcium diet are prone to this disease.
Causes of the Cervical Spondylosis?
Bone spur: The body try to grow the extra bones to make the spine stronger. However, the extra bones press the delicate areas of the spine, such as spinal cord and nerves resulting in pain.
Dehydrated Spinal Discs: Normally, the spine cords have discs between them. These are thick, pad like cushions that absorb the shock of lifting,
twisting and other activities. The gel like material inside it gets dry out over time. This cause bones to rub together more, which can be painful.
Herniated Discs: The spinal discs develop cracks due to which there is a leakage of the gel like material. The material can press over the spinal cord and nerves, which leads to arm numbness and sciatica.
Injury: If there is an injury such as car accident or fall, then this can accelerate the aging process.
Ligament stiffness: The tough cords that connect the spinal bones to each other can become stiffer over time, which ultimately affects the neck movements.
Overuse: In some occupations or hobbies involve repetitive movements or heavy Lifting or construction work. This can put pressure on the spine, resulting in early wear and tear.
Risk Factor for the Cervical Spondylosis?
Overweight and inactive
Most common symptom is pain around the shoulder blade. Patient will complain of pain along the arm and in the fingers.
The pain might be increase while:
- Tilting your neck backward