Doctors consider Cervical Spondylosis, a deterioration of the spine as part of the regular aging process. It is a type of arthritis that inevitably appears in the spine in later years. Research reveals that over 90% of those over retirement age have some degree of spondylosis, but many of them do not have any symptoms. In addition to age, researchers have discovered that hereditary factors increase risks of developing spondylosis, and the risks also increase after a serious sporting injury or traffic accident. Doctors identify this disease by examining the shape the spine for abnormalities.
1. Pain in the neck
While in common English usage this expression describes an annoying person or event it also accurately sums up one of the main symptoms of this disease. Anyone who knows Latin recognizes that this term derives from “cervix” which is the Latin word for neck. The level of pain in the neck or lower back varies between individuals from slight to very severe. Sometimes the pain becomes aggravated when the neck is kept in the same position for a while, for example, while watching a film. However, a good rest normally brings a measure of relief.