If you are a mum in a high stress executive job juggling your busy hours between work, travel, meetings, home and kids chances are that you might have suffered from neck pain at some or the other point in your life. This could be a simple neck pain or it maybe due to cervical spondylosis. In this blog, let's discuss the cause of Cervical Spondylosis, also known as osteoarthritis in the Neck.
Degeneration occurs as a natural process of wear and tear in our body with ageing. Cervical Spondylosis is a result of this degeneration of the bones, discs and joints in the cervical spine. Watch this video to learn more about Cervical spondylosis or neck arthritis:
These are the changes that cause cervical spondylosis in the neck:
Discs that are present between the adjacent vertebra in the spine tend to loose water content and shrink. This loss of cushioning effect leads to rubbing of the vertebrae on each other. In addition to this, as the space between the vertebrae narrows, it impinges on the nerve root emerging from the spine. This is known as spinal or foraminal stenosis.
As the discs dry up there are cracks that appear in the outer part of the disc, leading to herniation or bulging of the disc. This can also lead to compression of the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to nerve pain.
Spinal nerves can also get compressed from formation of osteophytes in the spine. Osteophytes are abnormal bony growths that occurs as the body attempts to stabilise the degenerated joint in arthritis of the spine.
Spinal ligaments can stiffen, making the spine less flexible. This leads to lack of movement and thus further degeneration of the spine.
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