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Degenerative Conditions of the Cervical Spine 

Degenerative Conditions of the Cervical Spine
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Degenerative Conditions of the Cervical Spine
Author(s):

Samuel C. Overley

, Dante Leven

, Abhishek Kumar

, and Sheeraz A. Qureshi

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199350940.003.0008
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date: 10 December 2019

Degenerative disease of the cervical spine, also referred to as cervical spondylosis, is one of the most common pathologies encountered by spine specialists. This degenerative condition is primarily attributed to the natural aging process. However, a subset of patients may exhibit symptoms ranging from axial neck pain to radiculopathy to florid signs of myelopathy. A sound understanding of the spinal anatomy, pathology, patient presentation and treatment options, including surgical intervention, is paramount to evaluating and treating a patient with cervical spondylosis. This chapter focuses on the disease process, its natural history, patient characteristics, and treatment options for one of the most prevalent and potentially problematic spinal pathologies: the degenerative cervical spine.

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