Cervical spondylosis is a common cause of chronic neck pain, reports the New York Times. The condition results from abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the cervical spine.
Cervical spondylosis is a very common disorder that affects more than 85 percent of people older than age 60, according to Mayo Clinic. As the spinal disks in the neck dehydrate and shrink, bony projections along the edges of bones develop. This phenomenon worsens with age, but most people with the condition experience no symptoms. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness in the neck. If cervical spondylosis causes a pinching of the spinal cord or nerve roots, it can cause tingling, numbness and weakness in the arms, hands, legs or feet; lack of coordination and difficulty walking; and the loss of bladder or bowel control.