Spondylosis is a general term referring to “wear and tear” in the spinal joints, which includes the spinal vertebrae and discs. Most people of adult age have some degree of cervical spondylosis in their spinal joints.
Symptoms include morning stiffness, increased pain when sitting for long periods, more pain on extremes of movement, headache and postural problems. Muscle spasm and neck stiffness is very common, but there can be referral of symptoms into the shoulders and sometimes radiating down into the arm, forearm, hand and fingers. Occasionally there are referred symptoms that radiate into the lower limb.
Spondylosis is degenerative and age- related. It can affect any joint in the spine and is usually caused by general wear and tear. In severe cases there is sufficient pressure on the nerve roots causing tingling or numbness and muscle weakness in the limbs.
Spondylitis is a term used to describe a group of arthritic spine conditions that cause inflammation in the joints and vertebrae.
X- rays and scans can be inconclusive as they can sometimes show “wear and tear”, but they may not be the joints causing the most symptoms.
Many factors can increase the risk of spondylosis including :-
Age: as we gets older, we are less able to repair the damage we cause to our joints through daily activities.
Activity Level: we do need to keep mobile, but there is a fine balance between doing too much and too little exercise. Sitting for long periods, especially in a poor position, increases the potential damage to the cervical spinal joints, ligaments and musculature.
Injury: past injury can make a person more susceptible to future cervical spondylosis.
A comprehensive clinical picture is recommended and will guide us to the most effective treatment, providing the best possible long term outcome. Our active rehabilitation programme aims to restore full function and reduce pain levels, with high emphasis on improving posture at home and work.
Treatment can involve massage, electrophysical agents, mobilisations, acupuncture and exercise, but the emphasis is always to work with you, giving you advice to manage your problems long term. Early intervention leads to accelerated results and allows you a fast return to your normal lifestyle.
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