WONG MEDICAL CENTRE
Cervical spondylosis is degeneration of the disks and
vertebrae in the neck, putting pressure on (compressing)
the spinal cord in the neck.
Osteoarthritis is the usual cause.
The first symptoms are often an unsteady, jerky walk and pain and loss of flexibility in the neck.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) can confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment includes a soft neck collar, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, and sometimes surgery.
Cervical spondylosis usually affects middle-aged and older people.
It is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction among
people older than 55.