Cervical Spondylosis

It’s a condition where the vertebrae discs and ligaments of the neck wear and tear. This happens because the disc in your neck shrinks with age and shows signs of osteoarthritis. This condition becomes worse over time.

Another term for this condition is osteoarthritis in the neck, or degenerative osteoarthritis. If you’re in the area, visit the best San Diego Physical Therapy Clinic.

Causes

It can be caused by many things, some of which are listed below.

  • Dehydration disc: Most of the time, as we age, our disc becomes more dry and shrinks. This causes more contact between bones and cervical spondylolysis.
  • Herniated disk is one of the leading causes of cervical spondylosis. Our vertebrates can become weaker with age. This can lead to wear and tear on them and herniated discs that can press sensory nerves, causing numbness.
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive disorder in which the cartilage becomes progressively thinner and your bones become in direct contact with each other.
  • Stiff ligaments: These ligaments can show stiffening as we age, which could lead to cervical Spondylolysis.
  • Bone spurs are caused by disc degeneration. Excessive bone formation in random places is an attempt of the body to make the spinal cord strong, but this can cause more harm than benefits. These bone outgrowths can be called bone Spurs.   

Symptoms

Most often, the patient does not feel any symptoms in the neck and may misunderstand it as another disease due to other symptoms such bowel control loss and bladder control problems. These symptoms can become more severe and are easily diagnosed as cervical spondylitis. These symptoms can be described as:

  • The neck can feel stiff and painful.
  • Soreness in the neck
  • Muscle spasms
  • You hear a clicking sound or popping sound as you try to move your neck.
  • Tingling, weakness, and numbness in your arms, feet, and legs
  • Inability to coordinate and difficulty walking
  • Loss in bowel control and bladder control

What is physical therapy?

Cervical Spondylosis can be described as a condition that affects both the neural and musculoskeletal systems. For cervical spondylosis treatment, a physical therapist treatment must be used in conjunction with other medications and treatments. A physical therapist can program a range of treatments, including neck stretches and tilt, neck movements, strengthening neck muscles, and neck muscle exercises. This includes the use of hot and cold therapy to relax neck muscles and a soft brace. To achieve maximum cervical mobilization, manipulation techniques are also used. We can help! Visit the #1 Rancho Penasquitos Physical Therapy Clinic.

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