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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is cervical spondylosis?

A condition where the the neck bones (cervical spine) become damaged through wear-and-tear. Risk factors include long periods of desk work and driving, previous neck injuries and aging.

Symptoms of cervical spondylosis

  • Numbness anywhere from the elbow to the wrist

  • Numbness of the fingers

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Arm numbness

  • Arm numbness after turning my neck

  • Hands and legs became clumsy - I cannot do fine work with them

  • Numbness in the region from shoulder to elbow

  • Fatigue that is worst in the morning

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cervical spondylosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cervical spondylosis

  • Do you have numbness from your elbow to your wrist?

  • Do you have numbness from your wrist down?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Do you have numbness in your arms?

  • Do you have numbness when you bend your neck?

Treatment for cervical spondylosis

Treatment aims to relieve pain and strengthen the surrounding muscles and posture. This can be done through lifestyle changes like exercise, better posture, physical therapy or warm compresses. Medications like painkillers and muscle relaxants can help too. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.

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