What is Spondylitis ?
Spondylitis is an inflammation of the vertebra. Spondylitis conditions are characterized by chronic inflammation of the joint capsules and ligaments of spine.
Inflammation occurs at cervical region is called Cervical Spondylitis. The cervical spine is very flexible, but it is also very much at risk for injury from strong, sudden movements. This high risk of injury is due to the limited muscle support in the cervical area, and the fact that this part of the spine has to support the weight of the head-an average of 15 pounds. This is a lot of weight for a small, thin set of bones and soft tissues to bear.
Sudden, strong head movements can cause damage. Neck pain and stiffness can be the first symptoms, appears due to cervical spondylitis.
Spondylosis is a form of osteoarthritis that develops in the spine. It is degenerative, not inflammatory, as it is characterized by degradation in the cartilage within the spinal joints, which may lead to bones rubbing against one another. Additionally, it can lead to compression of nerve roots of the spinal cord.
Spondylosis can occur in any part of the spine, including in the cervical (neck) region of the spine, which can cause neck pain and stiffness.
Risk factors- A risk factor is something that increases your chances of getting a disease.
Occupation-Jobs that involve repetitive neck motions, awkward positioning or a lot of overhead work put extra stress on your neck.
Neck injuries- Previous neck injuries appear to increase the risk of cervical Spondylitis and spondylosis resulting continuous neck pain.
Genetic factors- Some individuals in certain families will experience more of these changes over time, while others will not.If you belong to a family that has a history of neck pain, you are more likely to suffer from cervical spondylitis or cervical spondylosis
Smoking -Smoking has been linked to increased neck pain.
In addition, professional dancers, gymnasts, athletes, and martial arts practitioners are at a higher risk of developing either of these two conditions. Mental disorders such as depression or anxiety can also cause this medical condition.