Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). It is a common cause of chronic neck pain.

Causes

Cervical spondylosis is caused by chronic wear on the cervical spine. This includes the disks or cushions between the neck vertebrae and the joints between the bones of the cervical spine. There may be abnormal growths or "spurs" on the bones of the spine (vertebrae). These changes can, over time, press down on (compress) one or more of the nerve roots. In advanced cases, the spinal cord becomes involved. This can affect not just the arms, but the legs as well. Everyday wear and tear may start these changes. People who are very active at work or in sports may be more likely to have them.
The major risk factor is aging. By age 60, most women and men show signs of cervical spondylosis on x-ray. Other factors that can make a person more likely to develop spondylosis are:

  • Being overweight and not exercising
  • Past neck injury (often several years before)
  • Ruptured or slipped disk
  • Small fractures to the spine from osteoporosis
  • Having a job that requires heavy lifting or a lot of bending and twisting
  • Past spine surgery
  • Severe arthritis

Symptoms

Symptoms often develop slowly over time, but they may start or get worse suddenly. The pain may be mild, or it can be deep and so severe that you are unable to move.
The pain may get worse:

  • After standing or sitting
  • At night
  • When you sneeze, cough, or laugh
  • When you bend the neck backwards or walk more than a few yards

Other common symptoms are:

  • Neck stiffness that gets worse over time
  • Numbness or abnormal sensations in the shoulders, arms, or (rarely) legs
  • Headaches, especially in the back of the head

Less common symptoms are:

  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of control over the bladder or bowels (if there is pressure on the spinal cord)

Homoeopathy medicines at bodhin provide:

  • Relief in pressure and inflammation of the affected nerve
  • Disappearance in pain and tingling sensation radiating down the arm
  • Relief in headaches and stiffness of associated shoulder muscles
  • Improvement in the ability to function as normally as possible
  • Provide essential minerals required for disc, nerve and bone health
 
 

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