Cervical Spondylosis or cervical osteoarthritis is characterised by osteoarthritic growth to the facet joints – the joints in your neck and back that allow you to bend - resulting in osteophyte formation, sometimes known as bone spurs. This arthritic growth causes narrowing of the intervertebral disc space and may lead to symptoms such as pins and needles/tingling or numbness in the neck, shoulders and hands. Cervical Spondylosis is part of the normal aging process, so it is most common in seniors. However, younger people may suffer from this condition as a result of repetitive strains/sprains on the cervical spine or repetitive trauma of the cervical spine.
Cervical Spondylosis can result in limited range of motion of the neck and in cervicogenic headaches, which are characterised by pain at the back of the head, which may spread to the top, forehead and temple. Pain behind the eyes, nausea, poor concentration and irritability may also occur.
Cervical Spondylosis can be confused with a Herniated Cervical Disc or Ankylosing Spondylitis.