Cervical Spondylosis: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical Spondylosis is an age related degenerative disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). It is a common cause of chronic neck pain. Middle-aged people and women are more prone to Cervical Spondylosis.
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Recovery Time

By proper home remedies the neck pain gets relieved within 3-4 weeks. Where symptoms are more prolonged (4-12 weeks), refer to physiotherapy for a multimodal treatment strategy. This may take few months for recovery.


A thorough physical examination, neck X-ray, MRI of the neck, EMG and nerve conduction velocity test aid in the diagnosis.

FAQs prepared by doctor

Q1.  What is Cervical Spondylosis? 
Cervical Spondylosis is a chronic degenerative disease of the cervical spine leading to variety of symptoms viz.. Neck, Shoulder and back pain, Dizziness, tingling in the arms and muscle weakness.

Q2.  What causes Cervical Spondylosis?
Sedentary life-style with less or no exercise to the neck over a long period of time leads to Cervical Spondylosis. Other risk factors are being overweight and long standing Diabetes Mellitus.

Q3.  What is the treatment for Cervical Spondylosis? 
The treatment is usually conservative, with medication to relieve pain. Physiotherapy and Neck strengthening exercises are advocated to increase the strength of the surrounding muscles and ligaments which support the neck. 

Q4.  How long does it take to cure?
Cervical Spondylosis can?t be cured, but we can slow the progression of disease and avoid complications with proper care.

Q5.  How do I prevent Cervical Spondylosis?
You can prevent Cervical Spondylosis by leading active lifestyle with healthy diet and neck exercise. Avoid weight gain.

Q6.  What are the tests to diagnose Cervical Spondylosis?
X-ray, CT scan and MRI imaging are useful in diagnosing the degree of Cervical Spondylosis.

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