Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cervical Spondylosis

> This name, with an air of sophisticated, simply refers to what happens with the vast majority of cervical spine of people as they age. The term spondylosis relates to an overgrowth of bone associated with aging of the column. To say that the osteophytes originate from a micro instability and disc degeneration is only a hypothesis still under discussion and not a truth already established. It is clear that a large percentage of patients, although not suffering from neck pain or other symptoms present, present a radiological spondylosis of the spine. In some people, however, spondylosis may be associated with osteoarthritis neck pain. The spondylosis is one of the final stages of disc degeneration

Cervical spondylosis:
The cervical spondylosis is a degenerative disease of the inter-vertebral discs and vertebrae of the neck, which you press the spinal canal compromising the movement.

This is a disease that most often affects the elderly but also middle-aged adults.

Symptoms of cervical spondylosis:
The cervical spondylosis produces a narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck, compressing the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots, and thus causing their dysfunction.

Symptoms may include:
* Unsteadiness when walking;
* Pain in the neck;
* Weakness in the legs;
* Loss of muscle mass in the legs.

The cervical spondylosis produces a narrowing of the spinal canal of the neck and compresses the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots, causing their dysfunction. Symptoms may be due to both a spinal cord compression injury to the nerve roots. The first symptom of spinal cord compression is usually the change in the floor. The movements of the legs can be up to the bumps and walking becomes unstable. It may hurt the neck, especially if the nerve roots are affected. Before or after the symptoms of spinal cord compression may develop weakness and thinning of the muscles in one or both arms.

Cervical Spondylosis treatment:
The simplest cases cervical pain, which are also the most frequent, in which there is impairment of nerve function, and are treated symptomatically with exercises designed to improve cervical range of motion, and correct posture when changed. In cases where there is only radiculopathy, one could try conservative treatment with anti-inflammatories, painkillers.

When these measures are not followed by functional recovery, may be indicated to surgical decompression. In cases where there is progressive myelopathy, treatment should be surgical decompression of the spinal cord.