Cervical spondylosis is a condition that affects the discs and joints in the neck. The condition is so common that more than 85% of individuals over the age of 60 are affected. Often referred to as arthritis of the neck, cervical spondylosis is the medical term for age-related wear and tear. Over time, the discs along your spine may dry out and shrink, developing into osteoarthritis which worsens as you age. Fortunately, most individuals do not experience any symptoms at all and if a problem should arise, non-invasive treatments are usually very effective. At Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic, we strive to preserve motion of the spine through nonoperative and surgical treatments include disc replacement for the neck and back.
While age is the most common cause of cervical spondylosis, it can occasionally be caused by other factors as well. Some possible causes of this condition may include:
If symptoms of cervical spondylosis appear, they can range from mild to severe and may either develop gradually or spontaneously. If you are diagnosed with cervical spondylosis, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Treatments for cervical spondylosis are meant to provide pain relief, minimize the risk of permanent damage and help you continue to live life normally. Most cases respond well to non-surgical methods such as medications and physical therapy. For more serious cases, minimally invasive surgery may be considered. Here are some treatment options that may be able to provide you with long-term relief:
If you are suffering from chronic neck pain caused by cervical spondylosis, talk to Dr. Lewis at Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic. If non-surgical methods have not provided adequate relief for your symptoms, we can determine if your condition can be helped with minimally invasive surgery.
Contact us today to learn more about cervical spondylosis or to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. We’ll find a solution that works for you! Call us at (601) 366-1011.