Cervical spondylosis causes neck pain – often in the over 50s. A GP should check more serious cases affecting the spine.
Ageing causes wear and tear to muscles and bones. This is called cervical spondylosis.
Ask a pharmacist if they can recommend stronger painkillers if you need them.
The GP will examine your neck and shoulder. They may also test your reflexes and watch you walk.
Depending on your symptoms you may be sent for other tests such as X-rays or scans.
Treatment depends on how bad your symptoms are.
The GP may give you more exercises to do and recommend you carry out your usual activities as much as possible.
The GP may also prescribe a muscle relaxant or other medicine if the pain has been coming and going for a long time (chronic pain).
It usually takes a few weeks for treatment to work, although the pain and stiffness can come back.
Surgery is only considered if:
Surgery is not always a cure but it may stop your symptoms getting worse.
If your symptoms do not improve in a few weeks the GP may recommend physiotherapy.
Waiting times for physiotherapy on the NHS can be long.
You can also get physiotherapy privately.
Many people aged over 50 have cervical spondylosis as part of getting older.
You can get cervical spondylosis at any age if: