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Adv Orthop. 2012; 2012: 393642.
Published online Nov 28, 2011. doi:  10.1155/2012/393642
PMCID: PMC3227226
The Natural History and Clinical Syndromes of Degenerative Cervical Spondylosis
John C. Kelly,* Patrick J. Groarke, Joseph S. Butler, Ashley R. Poynton, and John M. O'Byrne
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Finglas, Dublin 11, Ireland
*John C. Kelly: johncokelly/at/
Academic Editor: F. Cumhur Öner
Received April 12, 2011; Revised September 8, 2011; Accepted September 26, 2011.
Cervical spondylosis is a broad term which describes the age related chronic disc degeneration, which can also affect the cervical vertebrae, the facet and other joints and their associated soft tissue supports. Evidence of spondylitic change is frequently found in many asymptomatic adults. Radiculopathy is a result of intervertebral foramina narrowing. Narrowing of the spinal canal can result in spinal cord compression, ultimately resulting in cervical spondylosis myelopathy. This review article examines the current literature in relation to the cervical spondylosis and describes the three clinical syndromes of axial neck pain, cervical radiculopathy and cervical myelopathy
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