Cervical Osteoarthritis

Below you will find more information about Cervical Osteoarthritis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Cervical Osteoarthritis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Cervical Osteoarthritis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Cervical Osteoarthritis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Cervical osteoarthritis also known as cervical spondylosis is the deterioration of the bones and cartilage of the backbone and neck. The condition sometimes leads to the formation of bone spurs or irregular bony outgrowths.

Diagnosis

Doctors examine the patient's history and symptoms by assessing neck flexibility and observing how the patient walks to see if the spinal nerve or spinal cord is compressed. Patients may also undergo imaging tests such as a neck or spinal X-ray; computerized tomography scan or magnetic resonance imaging; or myelogram.

Treatment

Treatment is for pain relief and prevention of permanent injury. Treatment of mild cases are through wearing of a neck brace, taking of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or doing exercise prescribed by a physical therapist. Patients with a serious condition may undergo non-surgical or surgical treatment. Non-surgery may be through hospitalization or, intake or injection of medications. Surgery is based on the patient's condition. During surgery, doctors may remove a patient's herniated disk or bone spurs; remove or rearrange bone from the back of your neck or; cut or remove vertebrae to make more room for the spinal cord. Surgery however, does not totally eliminate the patient's problems.

Symptoms and Signs

People affected with the condition feel a stiff and painful neck. They may also feel pain on the shoulder, arm, chest; muscle spasms; abnormal reflexes; difficulty in walking; and lose bladder or bowel control.

Causes

The condition usually occurs in relation with an individual's age. Most of the conditions only appear later in life.

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