What Is Cervical Spondylosis Without Myelopathy?

Cervical spondylosis is a condition in which your bones and cartilage wear down with age, resulting in a loss of normal spinal function. Also called cervical osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis typically affects those over 40 and can include radiculopathy or myelopathy.

Myelopathy

When bone spurs and other problems caused by cervical spondylosis reduce the size of the canal around the spinal cord it becomes known as cervical spondylosis.

Radiculopathy

When cervical spondylosis compresses spinal nerves which branch out from the cervical vertebrae, it is known as cervical radiculopathy. This condition is cervical spondylosis without myelopathy.

Symptoms

Symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, abnormal reflexes, lack of coordination and loss of bladder or bowel control.

Treatment

Surgery

Surgery is used if other treatments fail and your pain gets worse. A surgeon will remove bone spurs or a herniated disk, rearrange neck bones and put in an implant where bones or disks were removed.

The Wrap Up

Also called cervical osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis typically affects those over 40 and can include radiculopathy or myelopathy. Also called cervical osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis typically affects those over 40 and can include radiculopathy or myelopathy. Cervical spondylosis is a condition in which your bones and cartilage wear down with age, resulting in a loss of normal spinal function.

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