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When is surgery needed for cervical osteoarthritis (cervical spondylosis)?

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Cervical spondylosis is a long-term condition. But it usually doesn’t get worse over time. So surgery is rarely needed and done only for severe cases. It can remove the source of pressure on your spinal cord and nerves. You also might get implants or fuse your vertebrae for stability.

You likely will need rehab therapy after the surgery.

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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