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Here is a quick mnemonic ” CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS “ to remember about facts related to Cervical Spondylosis.

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Cervical spondylosis is a medical condition that refers to degenerative changes in the cervical spine (neck region) due to aging, wear and tear, or injury. It is also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis.

Cervical Spondylosis : How To Remember Easily ?

  • S – Spinal cord compression may lead to myelopathy or radiculopathy
  • P – Pain in the neck, head, shoulders, and arms can be caused by osteoarthritis of the cervical spine
  • O – Osteophytes, disk protrusions, or hypertrophic facet or uncovertebral joints can compress nerve roots
  • N – Narrowing of the spinal canal can be caused by osteophytes, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL), or a large central disk
  • D – Diagnoses to consider when little or no neck pain accompanies cervical cord involvement include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord tumors, or syringomyelia
  • Y – Yes, MRI is the study of choice to define soft tissues in the cervical region, including the spinal cord
  • L – Legs may be affected even when cervical spondylotic myelopathy is present
  • O – Optimal imaging for identifying bone pathology includes plain CT
  • S – Surgery is not recommended for patients with listhesis alone, unaccompanied by dynamic instability
  • I – Instability should be considered if the patient has postural neck pain, a prior history of whiplash or other spine/head injury, a Lhermitte sign, or preexisting listhesis at the stenotic segment on cervical MRI or CT
  • S – Signs of myelopathy can be produced by compression of the cervical spinal cord


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