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Ask the Doc Qthe vertebrae Vertebrae
Bones in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the body that make up the vertebral column. Vertebrae have a central foramen (hole), and their superposition makes up the vertebral canal that encloses the spinal cord.
. Wear and tear is usually responsible, however, injury may also trigger degeneration. When symptoms do occur (many don't suffer any at all) pain and stiffness in the neck is common.

MY dad has been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis. I thought only women had a cervix so how did he get it and what can we do to help him?Brenda, Northampton Headaches, shooting pains from the shoulders to the hands, numbness and tingling Numbness and Tingling Definition

Numbness and tingling are decreased or abnormal sensations caused by altered sensory nerve function.

The feeling of having a foot "fall asleep" is a familiar one.
 can also crop up.

AIN this instance "cervical" refers to the bones (vertebrae) in the neck, medically called the cervical spine. Spondylosis spondylosis /spon·dy·lo·sis/ (spon?di-lo´sis)
1. ankylosis of a vertebral joint.

2. degenerative spinal changes due to osteoarthritis.
 is a name for a type of degenerative osteoarthritis. With this condition there is a narrowing of the space between the vertebrae and benign bony growths, called osteophytes, that develop on Over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines ease pain and discomfort and some sufferers may be offered physio. Others can benefit from using a firm pillow to sleep on. If a nerve has been damaged or if the spine is felt to be unstable then surgery may be performed.

Dr Rob Hicks
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2011
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