• Cervical Spondylosis


    Cervical Spondylitis and Cervical Spondylosis
    Cervical Spondylitis and Cervical Spondylosis are both disorders that affect the region surrounding the neck and shoulder. It develops as a result of wear and tear of the cartilage and bones of the cervical spine (area around the neck), which leads to severe neck pain and shoulder pain; extending to the arms and even the tips of the fingers in severe cases.

    Even though cervical spondylitis usually manifests in anyone above 40 and progresses with age, men are more prone to suffering from it from an early age. On the other hand Cervical Spondylosis is an advanced form of spondylitis and is majorly caused by aging. More than 85% of people over the age of 60 suffer from this ailment. Cervical spondylosis may also run in families, which means that in such cases, proper precautions must be taken to avoid the harmful effects of this ailment.

    In case of cervical spondylitis, patients experience rigid stiffness in their vertebral joints, leading to neck pain which causes restriction in the movement from the neck area. Cervical spondylosis, on the other hand, sees degeneration of the spine that leads to fusion on the vertebral column at the neck area. Patients experience wear and tear of the cartilage and spine bones. Its symptoms include severe neck pain, shoulder pain, pain in the arm and back (in some cases), muscle weakness, stiffness, cracking sound on moving the neck or shoulder, gait dysfunction, loss of balance, and loss of bowel and/or bladder control, in chronic conditions.

    This ailment doesn’t really leave anyone disabled or crippled but being one of movement restrictive disorders it causes hindrance in the normal living.

    Physical Discomfort
    Very often, Cervical Spondylitis or Cervical Spondylosis not only experiences pain around the cervical region of the lower spine or neck pain and shoulder pain, but also has to deal with a stiff back that makes normal movements, like walking, difficult. Some patients also face loss of feelings, balance and coordination as well.

    Risk factors
    If you belong to a family that has a history of neck pain, you are more likely to suffer from cervical spondylitis or cervical spondylosis. In addition, smokers, professional dancers, gymnasts, athletes, and martial arts practitioners are at a higher risk of developing either of these two conditions. Mental disorders such as depression or anxiety can also cause this medical condition. People with a history of a neck injury are also prone to it.

    Till date, cervical spondylitis or cervical spondylosis is regarded as the most common ailment relating the neck that can affect the spinal cord.

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