Cervical spondylosis is the medical term for neck pain caused by age-related ‘wear and tear’ to bones and tissues.
The most common symptoms of cervical spondylosis are neck pain, stiffness and headaches. More rarely, it can trap nerves in the neck, leading to:
However, many people with cervical spondylosis experience no noticeable symptoms.
As people get older, the effects of ageing and everyday use causes wear to the joints and tissues that make up the spine. For example, the discs of the spine can dry out and shrink, and the ligaments can stiffen. In all the body’s joints, there is a constant process of “wear and repair” happening, as the joints adapt to the stresses and strains of normal everyday life. Cervical spondylosis occurs when the balance of “wear and repair” is lost, leading to pain and stiffness in the neck.
In most cases, the symptoms of cervical spondylosis can be relieved using a combination of: