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What is cervical osteoarthritis (cervical spondylosis)?

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Cervical osteoarthritis is a condition that involves changes to your bones, discs, and joints of the neck. They happen because of normal wear and tear of aging. The discs of the cervical spine slowly break down, lose fluid, and become stiffer. Also called cervical spondylosis, it usually affects middle-aged and elderly people.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cervical Spondylosis."

North American Spine Society: "Cervical Stenosis & Myelopathy."

NHS Choices: "Causes of Cervical Spondylosis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cervical Spondylosis."

North American Spine Society: "Cervical Stenosis & Myelopathy."

NHS Choices: "Causes of Cervical Spondylosis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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