10 Jul What is the Best Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis?
As we age, our bodies begin to feel the stress and results of years of wear and tear that we put it through. Regardless of how healthy and active we try to be as we get older, there are certain aspects of health that are unavoidable.
Over 40 million Americans suffer from arthritis in some form. While some cases may be caused by other conditions and diseases, most arthritis is age-related and can happen to anyone. Sure there are some factors that may lead some individuals to be predisposed to developing arthritis, most cases are due to the fact that our bodies suffer the effects of aging.
One very common form of arthritis is cervical spondylosis, otherwise known as neck arthritis. According to a study conducted by Mayo Clinic, more than 85 percent of individuals over the age of 60 have cervical spondylosis but may experience no symptoms. This article will explain the causes, symptoms and best course of treatment for this inconvenient form of arthritis.
Risk Factors and Causes of Cervical Spondylosis
As we age, the bones, cartilage and discs in our necks wear down due to our daily lives, accidents or preexisting conditions.
There are several risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing cervical spondylosis and they include:
- Neck injuries
- Work-related or activities that put a strain on your neck from heavy lifting
- Poor ergonomics or unnatural positioning of the neck for extended periods of time
- Repetitive motions
- Overweight and inactive
While all these factors can help contribute to the development of cervical spondylosis, there are several possible causes of the condition:
- Bone spurs– these are a result of the body trying to grow extra bone to make the spine stronger as a result of extra stress. However, the way that our spines are designed, any extra bone can cause trouble by pressing on sensitive areas of the spine (spinal cord or nerves), which results in pain.
- Dehydrated discs– the gel-like cushions between our vertebrae absorb the shock of lifting, twisting and other activities. However, due to aging, these discs can dry out, which results in vertebrae rubbing together.
- Herniated discs– either due to injury or age, discs can wear out and develop cracks, which allows the gel-like material to seep out into the spinal cavity. This material can press on the spinal cord or nerves causing pain.
- Ligament stiffness
For some lucky individuals who have cervical spondylosis, they don’t experience any symptoms or pain. However, this is not always the case and the symptoms that are experienced can range from mild to severe and may develop slowly or come on suddenly.
A few of the most common complaints of pain is near the shoulder blade, down the arm and in the fingers. Along with pain, some individuals may experience muscle weakness, stiffness, decreased range of motion, headaches and numbness.
When it comes to choosing the right cervical spondylosis treatment, it is best to be evaluated and diagnosed to discover the underlying cause of the problem. Some causes may require surgery, while others may require chiropractic/physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the surrounding muscles while keeping proper spinal alignment.
Regardless of the cause, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above or anything out of the ordinary, please get it checked out. At Luxxey Chiropractic, we offer our patients the very best in chiropractic care because when it comes to your spine and overall health, trust and experience mean the most. To schedule your appointment today, visit https://www.luxxeychiropractic.com/request-appointment/.