Spondylosis (cervical spondylosis) is a term for the age-related wear and tear that directly affects spinal disks inside of your neck, which results in the disks shrinking and losing moisture. This is often followed by conditions such as osteoarthritis and bone spurs. Spondylolysis is also a common precursor to spondylolisthesis.
Spondylosis is a common condition that typically worsens as a person ages. It’s currently estimated that approximately 85% of people over the age of 60 deal with some degree of spondylosis.
Symptoms of Spondylosis
Pain and stiffness in the neck are the most common signs of spondylosis. With that said, there can be instances when spondylosis creates a narrowing of the space the spinal cord and nerve roots need in order to pass through the spine to the rest of your body. This may cause the following:
- Tingling, numbness, and weakness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet
- Lack of coordination and difficulty walking
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Spondylosis Risk Factors
Spondylosis is a common occurrence as people age, but the following factors can increase its risk of surfacing:
- Working at a job that involves repetitive neck motions, uncomfortable positioning, or any added stress on the neck from weight
- Neck injuries
- Family history
If you are in need of the diagnosis and effective treatment of spondylosis, the staff at the Oklahoma Center for Spine and Pain Solutions would love to see you. Our team is fully equipped to properly diagnose and recommend treatment options, and we are often able to see new patients the same week they contact us.