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Cervical Spondylosis Overview

What is cervical spondylosis?
A person with cervical spondylosis has destruction of the joints and disks located between the bones in the neck. The swelling and collapse of the disk can place pressure on the nerves that pass between the bones of the neck. This can result in malfunction of the nerves that control the arms.

What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?
Common symptoms of cervical spondylosis with herniated disk include neck pain that may travel down the arm, arm numbness, and arm weakness.

How does the doctor treat cervical spondylosis?
Treatment for cervical spondylosis includes muscle relaxants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, corticosteroids, and physical therapy. Surgery may be an option.

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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