Seven Signs of Cervical Spondylosis
A neck pain or a headache may be one of the early symptoms of cervical spondylosis. Cervical spondylosis can hit anyone over the age of 30.
Cervical spondylosis is a form of arthritis. Although its exact cause remains unknown, it may be caused by bad posture, such as sitting on your laptop or desk for hours in a semi-erect manner. It could also be caused by physical strain on the spine or neck or sleeping in a position that strains the neck or spine.
Symptoms of cervical spondylosis
Headaches, especially headaches that are localized to the back of the head – This pain can radiate down your neck and into your arms or shoulders. With over-the-counter medication, this pain may stop but usually returns. If you are having these headaches on a frequent basis, even once in 10 days, it is better to consult a doctor.
Pain in neck – You may experience sharp stabbing pain or a dull ache.
Pain in arms or shoulders, along with neck pain – The pain may radiate down from your neck into your arms or shoulders. This can be mistaken for tiredness or overexertion but if it happens on a regular basis, this may be an early symptom of cervical spondylosis.
Stiffness in neck – In the morning, your neck may be stiff or you may feel uncomfortable rotating it.
Weakness in arms or legs – As the disease progresses, you may feel weakness in legs or arms.
Loss of balance – It is a symptom of advanced cervical spondylosis. You may develop a fear that you will fall. This can be accompanied by blurred vision, nausea and even vomiting in severe cases.
Numbness or tingling feeling in neck, arms, shoulders, legs or feet – In the start you may feel that you have become clumsy or you might experience tingling. You might also feel weakness, irritability or anxiety. In extreme cases, there may be a loss of bladder or bowel control. This is an extreme symptom that usually occurs when the disease has led to spine compression.
Cervical spondylosis can happen to a person after the age of 30. Usually, however, no symptoms appear before the age of 50. If you experience any two of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment with your doctor or with a back specialist -I recommend The Swindon Chiropractor.
Diagnosis and treatment of cervical spondylosis
A basic x-ray can show the beginning of cervical spondylosis. This is non-curable disease but symptoms can be treated with medication, physical therapy and exercise. A doctor may give you a collar to wear around your neck for a while to provide support to the neck. Surgery may be required in severe cases to minimize complications and relieve pain. Before a doctor confirms diagnosis of cervical spondylosis, he should do some neurological as well imaging tests such as electromyography (EMG), X-rays, CT scan or MRI to make sure that there is no misdiagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis or suspect that you may have some of the symptoms associated with it, do not lift heavy objects. You may also want to switch to a thin pillow. In any case, you should see a doctor and discuss your condition. If left untreated, this disease will progress and may make you unable to move your neck and in severe cases, it can also lead to disability.
As an alternative to medications and surgery, you may want to try practicing yoga on a daily basis as it is claimed that certain yoga positions can improve bad posture.