This is when the vertebral discs and neck ligaments wear down. It happens because the neck disc shrinks as we age, causing osteoarthritis. This condition gets worse with age. This disease is also known as osteoarthritis neck or degenerative Osteoarthritis.
CausesThere are many causes.
- Dehydration of disc: As we age, our disc tends to become dry and shrink. This can lead to more contact between the bones, which can cause cervical spondylolysis.
- Herniated disc: This is the most common reason for cervical spondylosis. Aging can cause weakness in our vertebrae, which can lead to wear on the vertebrae and herniated disks which may press sensory nerves and lead to numbness.
- Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition in which your cartilage dissolves gradually and your bones come into contact with one another.
- Stiff ligaments: This is when ligaments become stiffer with age. This stiffening could lead to cervical spondylolysis
- Bone spurs: The disc degeneration of your spine can lead to bone growth in unintended directions. This is an effort by the body to strengthen the spinal cord, but it causes more harm than good. These bone spurs are also known as bone spurs.
SignsMost patients don’t feel any symptoms at all about the neck. They often misunderstand the condition as other diseases due to other symptoms like bowel or bladder control loss. As the symptoms get worse, it is easy to identify cervical spondylitis. These are the symptoms
- Stiffness and pain in the neck
- Neck pain
- Muscle spasms
- When you move your neck, there is a clicking or popping sound
- Numbness, tingling and weakness in your feet and arms
- Walking difficulties and lack of coordination
- Loss of bowel control, loss of bladder control.