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How to recognize cervical bone spurs?

It is not easy to recognize cervical bone spurs without X-rays,CT scan or MRI, but for those who are interested in finding out more about thiscondition, we are to mention some symptoms that are present in people whosuffer from it. Among these symptoms, the most frequently present are pain thatradiates towards the arm or leg, numbness and weakness in the muscles of neck, armsand legs, as well as disability in some cases, very serious pain in the back orneck and limited range of motion. If some of them are recognized, it is highlyrecommended to visit a doctor and do the necessary tests.

It might be important to be aware of the possible causes,because besides aging, which is the most common culprit for cervical bonespurs, injuries, poor posture, excessive weight might also result in their formation. Conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and anumber of others that might result in breaking the cartilage can also beresponsible for the occurrence of this condition, although even malnutritionhas been identified as one of the possible causes.

Can cervical bone spurs be treated and how?

Having in mind the nature of this condition, the treatmentdepends on the cause and the symptoms experienced. In those cases in which nosymptoms are present, the treatment is not necessary, while in cases in whichbone spurs cause pain, the patient will probably be advised to take some painrelievers, muscle relaxants or even anti-inflammatories, since in some cases,besides the pain, stiffness and swelling might be present as well. Some patientsmight even have to wear a neck brace for some time, but regardless of thesuggested treatment option, the fact is that everyone who is diagnosed withcervical bone spurs will need a lot of rest. Still, there are cases in whichnone of these methods will be helpful or effective enough, which is why thesurgery in which the bone spurs will be removed will probably be the only solution. Unfortunately,there is no guarantee that the surgery will bring the relief either, because accordingto the statistics, chances of success are less than 50 %. Alternative methodsof treatment might also be helpful in some cases, which is why yoga andmassage, for example, should be given a chance.

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