Cervical spondylosis is a common degenerative condition of the cervical spine. It is most likely caused by age-related changes and mechanical factors are prominent.
In cervical spondylosis, degenerative changes start in the intervertebral discs with osteophyte formation and involve adjacent soft tissue structures. Many people over 30 show similar abnormalities on plain radiographs of the cervical spine and hence boundary between normal ageing and disease is difficult to define. Even severe degenerative changes are often asymptomatic, but can lead to neck pain, stiffness, or neurological complications.