What is the presentation of pain in cervical spondylosis?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Hassan Ahmad Hassan Al-Shatoury, MD, PhD, MHPE; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Common clinical syndromes associated with cervical spondylosis include the following:

  • Cervical pain

    • Chronic suboccipital headache may be present. Mechanisms include direct nerve compression; degenerative disk, joint, or ligamentous lesions; and segmental instability.

    • Pain can be perceived locally, or it may radiate to the occiput, shoulder, scapula, or arm.

    • The pain, which is worse when the patient is in certain positions, can interfere with sleep.

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