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What causes cervical spondylosis?

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: My neck X-ray says I have Diffuse Cervical spondylosis , anterior subluxation c3 with respect to c4 vertebral body, disc degenerative narrowing c5-6 and c6-7, diffuse facet & uncovertbebral arthrosis. What does all this mean?
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Degenerative condition of the cervical spine .

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for your query.

Cervical spondylosis is a common degenerative condition of the cervical spine and most likely caused by age-related changes in the intervertebral disks.

Usually, the spinal cord and nerve roots are protected within the spinal canal. The spinal canal is guarded by the vertebrae which separated from one another by a cushion like intervertebral discs. With age, degenerative changes occur which leads to disc prolapse and spinal cord/nerve root compression.

The herniated discs compresses spinal nerves or spinal cord. Symptoms are experienced along the area of distribution/path of that particular nerve. This has happened at level of C3-C7 in your case.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Could you tell me what the word diffuse refers to and also what disc narrowing means?
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Diffuse means involvement of many cervical vertebra.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Diffuse means involvement of many cervical vertebra.
Narrowing of spinal canal from 5th cervical vertebra to 7th cervical vertebra due degenerative changes in disc.

Warm regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes cervical spondylosis?

Brief Answer: Degenerative condition of the cervical spine . Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. Cervical spondylosis is a common degenerative condition of the cervical spine and most likely caused by age-related changes in the intervertebral disks. Usually, the spinal cord and nerve roots are protected within the spinal canal. The spinal canal is guarded by the vertebrae which separated from one another by a cushion like intervertebral discs. With age, degenerative changes occur which leads to disc prolapse and spinal cord/nerve root compression. The herniated discs compresses spinal nerves or spinal cord. Symptoms are experienced along the area of distribution/path of that particular nerve. This has happened at level of C3-C7 in your case. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care