Cervical spondylosis is another name for osteoarthritis in the joints of the vertebrae in the neck. This means that it is a degenerative disease where bony surfaces, in this case in the cervical vertebrae, have lost their cartilage lining. If there is inflammation of the joint associated with this degeneration, one would use the term, spondylitis to describe it.
In spondylosis, apart from the changes described in the bony vertebrae, one will similarly encounter corresponding changes in the cushion like structures—the discs–that lie between successive vertebrae. Just as a degenerated joint alone will produce some symptoms of its own, a degenerated will be responsible for some, possibly different, complaints too.
Dr Smarajit Chakrabarty, senior consultant, Orthopaedics at Apollo Hospital tells us about cervical spondylosis and how one can prevent and treat the condition.