Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Complications, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
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What are the symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis?
Symptoms indicating cervical spondylosis include:
- Narrowing of the space needed for the spinal cord
- Trouble walking
- Loss of balance
- Weakness in the hands or legs
- Muscle spasms
What are the risk factors of Cervical Spondylosis?
The most common risk factors of this condition are:
- Elderly people: With growing age, the discs of the cervical spine break down, lose fluid, and become stiffer. Hence, this makes people above the age of 60, more susceptible to this condition.
- Jobs that involve repetitive neck motions: This can cause awkward positioning of the neck which can exert pressure on the neck causing injury, thus increasing the risk of cervical spondylosis.
- Neck injuries: Pressure or sudden jerk to a neck that has a history of injury(s) can increase the risk of the person suffering from cervical spondylosis.
- Smoking: Researches show that smoking can elaborate the pain caused due to cervical spondylosis.
What are the complications of Cervical Spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis can lead to conditions like paraplegia, tetraplegia, recurrent chest infection, and pressure sores. In some conditions it can cause chronic pain and serious neurologic dysfunction. It may permanently damage the spinal cord.
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