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What is Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis, also known as neck arthritis, is an increasingly common disorder. This refers to the wear and tear that affects your spinal discs. More than 85 percent of people over the age of 60 have been diagnosed with this disorder. If you fear you may have cervical spondylosis, contact our physical therapist in Shirley today to start your treatment!

Causes of Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis can be caused by many different factors. With increased age, the effects of the disorder become more severe. Some causes of cervical spondylosis include:

  • Herniated discs: Herniated disks are more common as people age. When discs bulge, they are called herniated disks. These discs press on the nerves and cause discomfort and pain.

  • Bone spurs: Disc degeneration causes a “spur” to form. In these cases, the extra growth may press against the nerves.

  • Stiff ligaments: With age, the ligaments in your spine can tighten, causing less flexibility and range of mobility.

Risk factors for Cervical Spondylosis

  • Age: Cervical spondylosis becomes more common with age.

  • Occupation: Occupations that cause odd head angles and repetitive neck motion increase the risk for cervical spondylosis.

  • Neck injuries: Previous neck injuries increase the risk of future neck pain if not treated properly.

  • Genetic factors: Some individuals are more likely to develop neck pain than others due to family and genetics.

  • Smoking: Studies have shown that smokers are at increased risk for cervical spondylosis.

Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis does not always appear with specific signs. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, contact our physical therapist in Shirley today:

  • Tingling in extremities

  • Numbness in extremities

  • Weakness in arms and legs

  • Lack of coordination

  • Difficulty walking

  • Loss of bladder control

If you believe you may be suffering from cervical spondylosis, our physical therapist in Shirley can help you today. While medication and surgery are options, physical therapy is the safest, non-invasive treatment option for your pain. Contact United Rehab Physical Therapy today and take the first steps towards a pain-free tomorrow!

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