Cervical Spondylosis Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Acupressure
The cervical spine is made up of small circular bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of each other. Between each vertebrae is an intervertebral disc which acts like a shock absorber and allows flexibility of the spine. Muscles and ligaments run between, and are attached to the vertebrae. Nerves from the spinal cord pass between the vertebrae going to the shoulder, neck, arm, and upper chest.
Different types of pain associated with Cervical Spine:
Neck pain is one of the most common problems that one encounters in everyday life.
Cervical spondylosis may be caused by different reasons.
The fact is that Cervical Spondylosis is more frequently seen in women than men. Most people experience neck pain at some point in their life.
Neck Pain :
Neck pain can be caused by an injury, muscular problem or by trapped nerve between vertebrae. Inappropriate working or sleeping posture can also result in neck pain. Mobility of the spine is dependent on several small joints, the derangement of the functioning of one of which, can cause neck pain and reduced movements.
Work Culture :
With the increase in number of professionals who sit for hours together doing desk work or sitting for hours in front of the computer and call center jobs which requires continuous sitting in one posture the number of people suffering with cervical spondylosis has dramatically increased.
What is Cervical spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis is a wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs in the neck.
Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis :
Symptoms vary from mild to severe. One may have a flare up of symptoms by over-use of the neck, or a sprain a neck muscle or ligament.
Symptoms of Cervical spondylosis include:
Pain in the neck. This may spread to the base of the skull and shoulders. Movement of the neck may worsen the pain. The pain sometimes spreads down an arm to a hand or fingers. This is caused by irritation of a nerve which goes to the arm from the spinal cord in the neck. The pain tends to wax and wane with flare-ups from time to time. A few people develop chronic (persistent) pain.
Neck stiffness, particularly after a night's rest. Periodic Headaches.
Numbness, pins and needles or weakness may occur in part of the arm or hand in the body.
What are these pains caused due to ?
Pain in the neck region can be caused by myriad reasons. Different centres in and around the cervical vertebrae are sensitive to pain and problems connected with any of these regions can cause pain. The Periosteum ( The outer layer of the cervical vertebrae ), The anterior and posterior ligaments ( the ligaments which run along the vertebrae and stabilize them ), The facet joints ( the joint formed between the sideward protrusions of the vertebrae ) The para-vertebral muscles are all pain sensitive and any lesions to the above structures might result in pain.
Pain, numbness and lack of sensation in other areas of the body happen due to problems effecting the nerves that emerge from the cervical region. In most common cause of cervical spondylosis is the spasm of the para-vertebral muscles of the neck.
The main causes of these problems are Spondylosis, Herniated inter-vertebral disks, Fibro-myalgia and myo-fascial pain syndromes.