Cervical Spondylitis2018-12-27T18:11:11+05:30

Project Description

The neck hurts so much!
Neck pain and stiffness is one of the earliest presentations of cervical spondylitis. Some of the characteristic features of this condition are:
• Chronic or episodic pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulder region
• The pain tends to get worse over a period of time
• There may be periods initially when the pain disappears completely; later as the disease advances the pain may remain persistent
• Pain may radiate (travel) from neck to shoulders, arms, forearms, hands, lower part of the head, upper back
• Coughing, sneezing, other movements of the neck may worsen symptoms
• Along with pain, there may be abnormal sensations (tingling numbness), loss of sensation, weakness in any of the above regions
• There may be non-specific headaches in the lower part of the back of head
• Sensation of loss of balance
• Loss of control over the bladder or bowels (if the spinal cord is compressed)
• Occasionally there may be atypical pain presenting as chest pain or breast pain (false angina)
The doctor may find certain clear pointers to this disease on examination of the patient:
• Spasm of the neck muscles
• Limited range of movements of the neck – bending forward, backward, sideways, rotating the head are all limited
• Weakness of muscles of the arms, forearms
• Altered sensation in the shoulder region, arms, forearms, neck, etc.
• Reflexes are often reduced