What is Cervical Spondylosis?
Cervical spondylosis, also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis, is a common, age-related condition that affects the joints and discs in one’s neck. It develops from wear and tear of the cartilage and bones found in cervical spine of the neck.
Spondylitis is inflammation of one or more vertebrae, such as in ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory form of arthritis of the spine. This is a very different process than spondylosis because spondylosis is degenerative while spondylitis is inflammatory.
Common symptom of cervical spondylosis includes pain around the shoulder blade, a stiff neck that becomes worse with time, headaches that mostly occur in the back of the head, tingling or numbness that mainly affects shoulders and arms, although it can also occur in the legs
What causes Cervical Spondylosis?
Causes of Cervical Spondylosis include:
- Aging, symptoms notice at age 20-50
- Arthritis of other joints, back, shoulder
- Years of constant abnormal pressure or poor posture on the vertebrae, and the discs between them
- Other reasons.
Acupuncture proved to be a highly effective therapy method for treatment
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, and osteopathic care are common forms of manual care that help manage Cervical Spondylosis conditions, alternative therapies such as massage, trigger-point therapy, yoga and acupuncture are also used frequently.
Recent research studies find acupuncture a highly effective and flexible method for the treatment of cervical spondylosis and cervical spondylotic radiculopathy (neck spinal and soft tissue degeneration causing nerve impingement and subsequent pain or numbness).
Xie XY, Qing S, Liao JK, Xiao Y, Liu JQ. (2013). Clinical Efficacy of Long Needle Penetration Acupuncture on Cervical Spondylotic Radiculopathy: A Clinical Observation of 64 Cases. Guiding Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology. 7(7).
Yang JX, Yu JC, Zhang JP et al. (2012). Triple Jiao acupuncture in treating cervical spondylotic radiculopathy. Chinese General Practice. 15(25): 2963-2965.