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Ask the Doc Qthe vertebrae. 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 can also crop up.

AIN this instance "cervical" refers to the bones (vertebrae) in the neck, medically called the cervical spine. Spondylosis 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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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2011
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