Cervical spondylosis - can a herniated disc recur?
I'm 76 and have osteoarthritis in various joints, including disc degeneration in my spine. A few months ago I woke up one morning with terrible pain and stiffness around my neck and left shoulder. I also had pins and needles down my arm and into my hand. I saw a physiotherapist attached to my health centre who diagnosed cervical spondylosis and said I had a herniated disc, which had been caused by degeneration of the discs in my neck. It took about a month for the pain to improve. However, that side of my neck still aches at times and I get a delightful crunching sound when I move my neck.
I am concerned that this will be something that will recur. If anybody else has this, is this likely to happen as I age further? Is there anything I can do to improve things?
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