Neck arthritis ‘cervical spondylosis’ causes and management

Neck arthritis ‘cervical spondylosis’ causes and management


Are you over the age of 55 and suffering from
repeated, or recurring neck pain? Well, if so you may have a condition called
cervical spondylosis, or osteoarthritis of the neck as it’s more commonly known. In the next few minutes, I’ll explain what
causes cervical spondylosis and how to manage the pain effectively. Now with cervical spondylosis, there is a
loss of disk height between the
intervertebral bodies. Now with spondylosis, what happens is the
discs dry out and they become flatter and that causes the joints
of the neck to sit closer together. In medical terms we call that approximation. The joints begin to approximate and then with
general movement, or use of the neck the joints start
to rub then wear. Now there are a number of things which cause
cervical spondylosis. Age is one of them, so this is part of the
normal aging process and over the age of 40 we all experience a degree of wear and tear in the
joints in our bodies. Most of us go into our twilight years not
suffering from conditions like this
because a little bit of wear and tear is normal and we tend not to feel it because as I’ve
said before, there’s no nerve endings in the cartilage. However, we are living longer and with improved diets and modern medicine
we tend to experience pain as a result of age-related arthritis just purely because we’re around
a lot longer than we would have been maybe 50 60 years ago. Now one of the other causes of cervical spondylosis is inflammation. Now as I’ve said before in these videos inflammation
causes pain, it’s a pain mediator. So, until inflammation comes along this condition
tends not to have any symptoms or pain associated with it. But as soon as you get inflammation
It perhaps in the situation where you’ve got bone on bone that causes pain and pain causes
a shortening in the muscles. Now in the back of the head you have a range
of postural muscles called erector spinae and then run all the
way down the vertebral column and when you experience pain particularly the
neck they tighten and they become short. So, what happens is the shortening of the
muscle pulls down and brings the joints, which are already sitting closely together, even more close than they were before and
that causes excessive amounts of rubbing and it just speeds
up the wear and tear process even more. There’s also a gender element to this condition
as well. So unfortunately, it tends to affect women more
than men and one of the reasons for that is post menopause the absorption of calcium into the skeleton
becomes compromised in women. So, they need oestrogen and progesterone
in order to maintain normal bone density and both these hormones are diminished past menopause. It’s also a condition that is affected by
posture. So, we know that people who perhaps sit in
front of the computer too much, or have poor body posture tend to suffer with accelerated wear and tear
into their joints. And there’s also a congenital element to cervical spondylosis as well, so if there’s
a history of degenerative bone disease in the family,
particularly arthritic degeneration, then you have an increased prevalence or likelihood
of becoming degenerative and suffering from this condition
as well. Some sports also have an impact on this condition particularly the traumatic ones. So, things like American football,
Rugby or anything where this sort of heavy or repeated impact what you tend to get with
trauma into the joints is some kind of post-traumatic arthritis. And in general terms you can’t trauma or a
joint and get away with it. Normally if you experience some kind of joint
trauma there will be secondary effects, or side effects that start to become
prevalent later on in years. Now what do you do if you suspect that you
have cervical spondylosis? Well my advice would be first of all to get
it diagnosed. So, the secret to effective treatment is
diagnosis, so if you go to the iphysio website, that’s www.iphysio.io there’s a short questionnaire
you can complete, and it will diagnose your neck condition for you. Now with the right diagnosis you will be able
to download the most appropriate eBook for your condition. So, this one here is the one on cervical spondylosis. It’s got everything you need in here to tell
you all about the condition, how to manage the pain and how to treat it effectively. It’s a comprehensive yet inexpensive resource
and it will save you time, money and give you
back your quality of life. So good luck with this one and if you found this video useful
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the future. And in the meantime good luck and be well.

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