Diagnosis and Treatment of Cervical Spondylosis in Central GA

What is Cervical Spondylosis?

Aging affects the body in a variety of ways. One change many people experience as they get older is cervical spondylosis – or age-related wear and tear of the cartilage, discs, ligaments, and bones in the neck. This condition is more commonly referred to as arthritis of the neck. Cervical spondylosis is extremely common, affecting more than 85% of people over the age of 60. Symptoms can vary from nearly nonexistent to extremely debilitating and painful, and proper diagnosis and treatment are key to living more comfortably as you get older. The cervical spine, or neck, is made up of many components, all of which work together to allow the neck to move and function normally. Discs in the neck lose height over time, which leads to pressure and degeneration. As the cartilage in the area begins to wear away, bones rub against each other, which leads to the development of bone spurs and increased pain. Our spine specialists at OrthoGeorgia will work with you to determine the cause of your neck pain and guide you on the path to relief.

What are the Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis?

Many people with arthritis of the neck do not experience any symptoms. When symptoms occur, they commonly include pain and stiffness in the neck, which can range from mild to severe. Holding the neck in the same position for extended periods of time (such as while driving or reading a book) can worsen the pain associated with neck arthritis. Other symptoms can include headaches, clicking or grinding sounds when moving the neck, and dizziness. Cervical spondylosis can also lead to the development of bone spurs in the neck.

Diagnosis of Cervical Spondylosis at OrthoGeorgia

There are several paths to reaching a diagnosis of cervical spondylosis. At OrthoGeorgia, the process begins with a physical exam, where your doctor will examine your neck and shoulders to determine the extent of your discomfort and related symptoms. They will also ask you questions to get a better idea of your medical history and any neck injuries you may have experienced in the past. 

Many tests can be utilized to confirm a diagnosis of cervical spondylosis. X-rays are used to visualize the alignment of bones in the neck and reveal degenerative changes. A CT scan can be used to help your doctor get a clear view of your spinal canal and any bone spurs that may be present. In some cases, an MRI scan is used to create images of the neck’s soft tissues to look for issues such as a bulging or herniated disc. If there is doubt concerning the type of arthritis that may be present, your doctor may choose to order a blood test. This will let them know if rheumatoid arthritis is present. 

Treatment of Cervical Spondylosis in Central GA

Cervical spondylosis is most commonly treated nonsurgically. The exact treatment path chosen for you will depend on your unique situation and the extent of your arthritis. At our offices in Central GA, our team will keep you informed about your treatment options and the best path forward.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis in Central Georgia

Many cases of cervical spondylosis can be treated without surgery. Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to help reduce pain, along with muscle relaxants for muscle spasms. Your doctor may recommend that you wear a soft collar or brace for a short time to limit neck movement and help the muscles of the neck recover. Maintaining regular exercise and applying heat or ice to the neck can be helpful in cases of mild cervical spondylosis.

Physical Therapy for Neck Arthritis in Central GA

Your OrthoGeorgia physician may also recommend physical therapy for cervical spondylosis in Central GA. A focus on stretching and strengthening the muscles in the neck and shoulders and improving posture can be very helpful in addressing this condition and the pain it causes. At OrthoGeorgia, our physical therapy locations are staffed by licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants who utilize state-of-the-art equipment to provide the highest quality care. We establish unique care plans for each patient through a personalized evaluation and consistent communication throughout your entire care journey with us. We offer our physical therapy and rehabilitation services at our locations in Macon (Buildings A and B), Warner Robins, and Kathleen.

Surgical Treatment for Neck Arthritis at OrthoGeorgia

Surgery may be recommended for arthritis of the neck if conservative treatments fail or if symptoms worsen. This step usually is only taken in the most severe cases of cervical spondylosis. The ultimate goal of surgery for cervical spondylosis is to create more room for the spinal cord and nerve roots. The exact process will depend on your unique case. Surgery may involve the removal of a herniated disc, bone spurs, or part of a vertebra, or a segment of the neck may be fused with bone grafts and hardware. Our spine surgeons at OrthoGeorgia work with patients at our surgery centers to provide comprehensive care and the support you need before, during, and after surgery. If surgery is the best next step for you, our team will walk you through your options and ensure that your questions are answered.

Other Spine and Back Conditions We Treat at OrthoGeorgia

At OrthoGeorgia, our physicians work closely with patients every day to address back and neck pain and the conditions and injuries that cause them. Spine and neck conditions can be detrimental to a person’s ability to function and enjoy their everyday life, and our team is here to help you live more comfortably. Spine and back conditions we treat at our offices in Central GA include:

Spine Care Physicians

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William W. Brooks, MD
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Ryan E. Schnetzer, MD

Spine Care Locations

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Spine Center

3708 Northside Drive, Building B, Macon, GA 31210

Call (478) 745-4206

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Warner Robins Urgent Care

301 Margie Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088

Call (478) 971-1153

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Kathleen Orthopaedic Center

2510 GA-127, Kathleen, GA 31047

Call (478) 971-1153

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OrthoGeorgia Milledgeville office

2803 North Columbia Street, Suite D, Milledgeville, GA 31061

Call (478) 414-5820

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Dublin Orthopaedic

109 Fairview Park Drive, Suite B, Dublin, GA 31021

Call (478) 745-4206

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