What is Cervical Spondylosis? And How is it different from Cervical Spondylitis?
I think the first thing we need to address is the difference between a Cervical Spondylosis and a Cervical Spondylitis. Spondylitis, also referred to as spondyloarthritis, is a general term descriptive of an inflammatory process such as ankylosing spondylitis.Spondylosis, on the other hand, is a reference to conditions that refers to degenerative changes. These degenerative changes can be in muscles, ligaments, facet joints (spinal joints) and spinal discs.Both conditions can cause pain, as well as pins and needles down the arms (when the neck is involved). And, both respond well to conservative treatments. In our centers, we offer the best non-surgical treatment to repair spinal disc and joint damage. But, before we provide the information you need for recovery through our non-surgical methods, let’s distinguish between spondylitis and spondylosis better.
Numerous sources and even few doctors use this term interchangeably, to mean the same. Therefore, to avoid further confusion, we will discuss both together. Our goal is not to impress, but to educate our community about effective non-surgical treatment options.
Spondylosis is a common age-related condition that can compress the spinal cord and nerves.
Degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, degenerative changes in the facet joints, Slipped discs and bulging discs are the most common causes of cervical spondylosis. Cervical spondylosis is an age-related condition commonly seen in the elderly. However, spondylitis is an inflammatory disease due to an autoimmune disorder. It is a rheumatoid condition that initiates an autoimmune reaction, in other words, the body attacks itself.
What is the difference between Spondylosis and Spondylitis?
Cervical spondylosis is a term that denotes the uniform wear and tear of the neck bones, neck joints (facet joints), and the soft tissues. Spondylosis is closely linked to osteoarthritis. On the other hand, Spondylitis is an inflammatory process closely linked to rheumatoid arthritis. Keep in mind that both conditions have the associated wear and tear. The difference between the two is how and why the wear and tear occurred.
We realize the complexities of these terms and the confusion it has caused. Uncertainty is even rampant in medical settings. In recent days, the term has been abused. Today, doctors use this term loosely in their diagnosis of young adults. In our opinion, the use of cervical spondylosis (spondylosis or neck spondylosis) is for the elderly. A spondylosis patient must have normal degenerative changes in neck bones and their connecting soft tissues. For those under the age of 50, a more descriptive term is needed to avoid confusion in regards to normal wear and tear.
What is the best means of diagnosing a cervical spondylosis?
Far too often, doctors use this diagnostic term when they have only viewed an x-ray. Spondylosis is a term that should only be used with a thorough diagnostic imaging. In other words, this term should be used after an MRI scan. X-ray films rarely show the extent of damage to spinal discs or soft tissues. The gold standard for diagnosing and understanding the extent of spondylosis or spondylitis is MRI scan. For those suspected of spondylitis, blood tests such as ESR or rheumatoid factor are of necessity. In short, avoid those that diagnose your condition with only X-rays.
The diagnostic value of spondylosis
The use of spondylosis as the primary diagnosis in persons under the age of 65 is an injustice to patients as it lacks diagnostic value.
The rampant use of the term spondylosis as the primary means of diagnosing a patient’s condition is not helpful. Diagnoses must be accurate, and spondylosis by itself is not accurate enough for targeted treatment. Treatments are based on diagnoses, and when the diagnoses is too general, you run the risk of getting a general “one size fits all” treatment. General treatment is not sufficient for patients that suffer from cervical spondylosis. The main reason for this insufficiency is the fact that there are multiple co-conditions in spondylosis.
We will thoroughly discuss this condition in hopes of providing you the information you need for faster recovery. If you have been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis, demand an MRI scan or assessments. MRI examinations provide insights into your facet joints, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments and spinal nerves that an X-ray cannot.
What is the Best Cervical Spondylosis Treatment?
The best means of care is a targeted conservative treatment. Cervical spondylosis surgery (spine surgery) or the minimally invasive spine surgery is an option when all else fails. Chiropractic Specialty Center® treats spondylosis thorough an integrative approach that incorporates physical therapy, chiropractic, and spine specific technology. In short, we offer the cervical spondylosis treatment in Malaysia. Our spine specific technology such as the RxDecom®, Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), Ultrasound Therapy, and Flexion/Distraction Therapy are just some examples.
Therefore, if the surgeon recommends a minimally invasive spine surgery, contact us for a better alternative. Cervical spondylosis surgical failures are all too common; visit our center today for the most effective conservative measure that succeeds when spine surgery fails. To conclude, opt for NSD Therapy®, the best cervical spondylosis treatment.
There are varying degrees of Cervical Spondylitis or Spondylosis in the Neck:
- Mild Spondylosis of the Neck
- Moderate Spondylosis of the Neck
- Severe Spondylosis of the Neck
As aforementioned, spondylosis is age-related and signifies general wear and tear of the neck as a whole. It combines muscles, damage, ligament damage, bone damage, joint damage, and spinal disc issues without differentiating between them. Regardless of severity, these terms are descriptive of uniform degenerative changes in bones and soft tissues. Thus, the mild cervical spondylosis has mild degenerative changes in bones, soft tissues, joints, and spinal discs of the neck. However, in patients with moderate or severe joint damage, mild muscle damage or moderate spinal disc issues, cervical spondylosis should not be used. In other words, the degenerative changes or damage to tissue must be uniform for accurate use of the term.
Spinal disc damage (such as degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, herniated discs, and bone spurs) are common, most will complain of cervical radiculopathy. Cervical radiculopathy occurs when the spinal cord and nerves are pinched. Pain in the arms or pins and needles sensation in shoulders or arms are characteristic symptoms associated with cervical radiculopathy.
Better Diagnosis of Pain, Pins and Needles Sensation or Neck Stiffness in the Neck
Cervical radiculopathy bulging discs, ruptured discs and disc herniations are excellent examples of a better diagnostic term. Accurate diagnosis of a health condition is the most critical aspect of the care you will get. If the diagnosis provides a clear description of your state, recovery chances increase significantly. Diagnostic terms for neck pain, pins and needles down the arms includes cervical radiculopathy, a bone spur (osteophytes or arthritis), and degenerative disc disease. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in patients over the age of 65. But, osteoarthritis can happen at any age. Additional diagnostic terms that pertain to cervical spondylosis are listed below:
Spinal Cord Compression, Neck Pain, and Neck Spondylosis (Cervical Spondylitis)
Compressed spinal cord and nerves are everyday occurrences in cervical spondylitis. Spinal cord compression or nerve root compression can be exceedingly painful, even disabling. Although spinal cord compression is an age-related disorder, they are fast becoming common in teenagers. Regardless of the age of onset, cervical spondylosis or cervical spondylitis treatment from our physical therapists and clinical chiropractors can repair the damage to most tissues. In our centers, physical therapy, chiropractic, and breakthrough spine specific devices are used to treat patients with spondylosis. We have even helped many that had cervical spondylosis surgery but still lived in pain.
Slipped disc, spondylitis, neck pain, back pain, and sciatica are common spine conditions treated by our physical therapists. Slipped disc and sciatica are other general terms that signify general health issues without elaborating on the actual causative symptoms that a patient seeks care. Now that you have a general understanding of this term let’s see what you can do to minimize your pain and stiffness in the neck.
Should you opt for Meds or Targeted Therapy?
Pain and stiffness in the neck caused by spondylosis like conditions are treatable. The best cervical spondylosis treatment options are those that focus on the actual causes. Medication, injections, and surgery for spondylosis of the neck have failed to produce desirable long-term outcomes. Patients that opted for invasive procedures undergo more invasive procedures than they first may have thought. Neck pain and stiffness is treatments are better through holistic methods that target the causative factors, rather than injections of cutting way vital structures during spine surgery.
Which Tissues and Structures are Damaged in the Neck with Spondylosis?
Spondylosis in the neck will cause pain and stiffness and decrease the range of motion in your neck. A decrease in range of motion is the first sign of spondylosis. Symptoms of neck spondylosis may not be present. In other words, you could have spondylosis and not feel any pain or stiffness at all. Symptoms such as stiffness and pain are subjective findings. However, a decreased range of motion in the neck is an objective finding that is always present in patients with spondylosis.
The decreased range of motion, pain, and stiffness felt with spondylosis are the results of degenerative changes. Spondylosis is descriptive of damage or degenerations in muscles, ligaments, spinal discs, spinal joints, spinal nerves, and even spinal cord. These changes can encroach into the spinal canal causing canal stenosis. Spinal canal stenosis is a concerning health issue regardless of your age. Of course, it is more dangerous when you are younger, but none-the-less, it is as severe for the elderly.
Spinal canal stenosis results from bone spurs, spinal disc herniation (slipped disc or slip-disc), ligament thickening (hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum) and subluxations. Subluxation can be due to minor misalignments or significant misalignments such as spondylolisthesis. Therefore, for treatment to be effective, you need an accurate diagnosis of the cervical spine. As such, precise diagnosis of the cervical spine is incomplete with a general spondylosis term.
The Importance of Accurate Diagnosis of Neck Pain and Stiffness
The most critical aspect of the care you get for neck pain and neck stiffness is the diagnosis. Your diagnosis must be accurate before initiating care. Therefore, to treat spondylosis, you must seek competent doctors that can accurately diagnose your condition. For neck spondylosis patients, our doctors of chiropractic use several diagnostic terms that are better descriptive of a patient’s condition. Often, we use multiple or associated diagnostic terms that convey the reasons why a patient has a decreased range of motion, muscle and ligament instabilities, and pain. Your diagnosis implies, expresses and communicates the extent or severity of the damaged to tissues involved. Why is this important?
If your diagnosis is too general, you will get a general treatment. From our experiences, general therapies fail too often. If you are keen on avoiding spine injections or spine surgery; get assessed by clinical teams that can accurately diagnose the cause of your neck pain and stiffness, decreased or lost range of motion, shoulder pain, upper back pain, numbness and tingling in the arms or hands. Identifying the actual root-causes of your neck issues is critical to a thorough and speedy recovery. The diagnostic term cervical spondylosis is good to convey the basic or general cause of a condition to a patient, but it lacks the diagnostic value that communicates the need for targeted treatments
Diagnosis and Treatment Through Chiropractic and Physiotherapy
A cervical spondylosis patient requires specialized treatment for a complete recovery. Unfortunately, most therapeutic approaches are insufficient. To obtain lasting benefits, you will need targeted treatments that address spondylosis at the roots. In other words, you need an advanced therapeutic measure that addresses all aspects of your condition. In our centers, we have achieved significant clinical results by combining the efforts of chiropractors and physiotherapists under one roof. Our clinical successes are the results of our integrative treatment options that incorporate the use of advanced spinal decompression technology. As a result, the success we have had is unmatched by others!
Cervical spondylosis (e.g., neck arthritis and cervical osteoarthritis and soft tissue damage) occurs due to wear and tear in the cartilage in the neck bones (cervical spine). Spondylosis is a mechanical disorder of the spine often related to aging. However, other factors can cause it as well. For example, poor posture and neglect of mild neck issues are the leading causes of cervical spondylosis.
Spondylosis in the cervical spine (Neck) is believed to be present in over 90 percent of people over the age of 65 years old. Although the numbers may be high, most people who have this condition don’t ever experience any symptoms! When it comes to neck spondylosis; chiropractic care can help.
The BEST Neck Pain Treatment for Spondylosis in Malaysia
Our centers have successfully treated thousands of patients with cervical spondylosis in Malaysia. Treatments used by our clinical teams include chiropractic, physical therapy or physiotherapy, exercise rehabilitation, and ergonomic training. Our neck pain patients get better faster when compared to any other form of treatments offered in Malaysia. The reason why you get better quickly through our systems is that our methods, systems, and technology are better than others. If you are looking for the best cervical spondylosis treatment in Malaysia, call us today. Our clinical non-surgical teams will get you back to a healthy active life.
The chiropractors and physical therapists of Chiropractic Specialty Center® have shared goals of providing pain relief, improving alignment and posture, by optimizing the strength of spinal muscles, keeping spinal bones in proper alignment and repairing of spinal disc damages. In addition to relieving your pain, our team of chiropractors and physiotherapists will help you lead a normal life by lowering your risk of suffering permanent damage.
When you visit one of our centers, we will spend ample time with you, educating you on things you can; leading to a healthier tomorrow. In our centers, you will get a complete holistic method of care, which is often neglected by others. Our clinical teams will pay attention to the smallest detail. Their goal is to return you to healthy active life as soon as possible.
Chiropractic Treatment of Neck Pain and Spondylosis
Chiropractic Specialty Center® can help stabilize your spine by targeting damaged tissue and malfunctional spinal segments. Best of all, our efforts are non-invasive. Our success rate in the treatment of neck pain patients is near 95%. Our methods that treat spondylosis provide the relief you need from neck pain and stiffness. We can help regain the lost or decreased range of motion and stabilize your spine to a point where you can function near or at 100%. Even if you have had past spine surgery, we can still help. Call us today and discover to discover our clinical excellence.
The first step to getting better is by contacting one of our centers today. Call us to set an appointment for a complete and thorough assessment. During your evaluation, our chiropractor will do a series of musculoskeletal tests, orthopaedic tests, and neurological evaluations to accurately identify the offending segment. After diagnosing your condition, we will formulate a targeted treatment plan. Your treatment plan will be customized based on what we discover during your examination.
The Chiropractic Specialty Center® difference
The treatments you get at Chiropractic Specialty Center® are diagnosis-specific and holistic, meaning our treatments will target the cause of your spondylosis. Often, a cervical spondylosis patient will have muscle imbalances, ligamentous weakness, joint malposition, and slipped discs. Our team’s job is to find these offending tissues and formulate a plan that addresses every aspect of a given problem. The soft tissues (spinal discs, ligaments, and muscles) are our primary focus when it comes to treatments for a cervical spondylosis patient.
Depending on your diagnosis, our chiropractor may use various kinds of spinal manipulation to help proper joint position. Our physical therapists or physiotherapists will do procedures that will strengthen and bring balance to muscles and ligaments. In our centers, we use advanced technology (the RxDecom®) to help restore your spinal disc, should there be any damage.
Common risk factors involving Cervicalgia: Neck pain and neck Spondylosis
Risk factors for spondylosis are similar to other spine condition. Those with higher risk factors often neglect mild pain and stiffness in the neck and upper back pain. Additional risk factors include smoking, poor posture, inactivity, obesity, family history, and excessive use of mobile devices. Furthermore, those with an occupation requiring repetitive movements, office work, and heavy lifting are at greater risk. Individuals that have been in an automobile accident, and persons with sports injuries are additional risk factors as well as complicating factors in patients with acute and chronic neck pain and stiffness.
Aside from the above, spondylosis may naturally occur as we age. Let’s say that by the time you are 75 years old, you will have some cervical spondylosis. However, spondylosis of moderate or severe nature is never acceptable, regardless of age.
Spondylosis in the neck or lumbar spine is a serious condition that needs time and care to avoid worsening. Those that neglect it often ends up requiring spine surgery. The one thing that all patients with neck surgery or spine surgery have in common is pain that progressively worsens over a couple of years after the first surgery. Often, patients will end with a second and even third surgical intervention.
Neck Pain, Neck Degeneration and Headaches
With the progression of cervical spondylosis, you might experience neck stiffness, headaches, and a tingling sensation or aches in one or both of your arms. Shooting pain might develop if bone spurs grow in a lateral direction; leading to nerve root impingement and irritation. If the spinal cord is affected by the bone spurs, then a loss of neck movement, weakness in one’s arms, loss of balance, and headaches may result.
The loss of the natural curve results in mild to moderate cervical spondylosis, causing the vertebrae to malposition and eventually fusing together as the condition worsens. Additionally, neck movements can produce grinding sounds, pain, as well as some of the above symptoms with spondylosis.
When Should You Seek Care Form a Chiropractor for Degenerative Changes in the Cervical Spine?
The early effects of cervical spondylosis are mild, so the only way of knowing whether you suffer from spondylosis is to get X-rays or have an MRI done. These diagnostic tests enable our doctor of chiropractic to spot spinal disc and joint damage early.
As cervical spondylosis continues to worsen, three common symptoms might present themselves: muscle weakness in one’s fingers and arms, pain in the shoulder blade area, or pain when bending the neck backward, coughing, sneezing, or moving.
Our chiropractic centers in Malaysia encourages a cervical spondylosis patient to start a targeted treatment program as soon as possible. Neglecting it will only worsen the condition. In our centers, you will find highly skilled clinical teams who utilize advanced therapy equipment for those that suffer from spondylosis. Best of all, our clinical team of chiropractors and physiotherapists have the experience needed to effectively treat your cervical spondylosis without medication, injections or surgery. Chiropractic Specialty Center® has great locations throughout the Klang Valley. We have provided some information for you below about our center locations:
What is the Best Treatments for Spondylosis?
The difference between our centers and others is our focused care based on clinical research. Cervical spondylosis is a common condition that can be treated effectively without the need for drugs, injections or surgery. Several published research article cite and recommend a combination of exercise, physiotherapy and targeted joint mobilizations (chiropractic adjustments). In our centers, we have thoroughly researched the best and most effective methods and have to understand that a combined collaborative treatment through physical therapy (physiotherapy), targeted rehabilitative exercise, focused non-forceful chiropractic treatments enhanced with therapeutic devices such as the RxDecom® is the best treatment option for those that suffer from cervical spondylosis.
A 2007 published research in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) by Dr. Allan Binder (Rheumatologist) summarized that the best treatment for cervical spondylosis includes exercise, manipulation, and mobility. Furthermore, he reported that the results of neck surgery for such patients are often disappointing. Our methods of care as we have mentioned before are based on clinical research not just from the fields of chiropractic and physical therapy, but also from reputable medical and surgical publications. We are here to help your recovery through our research-based clinical treatments of cervical spondylosis.