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Sharon asked...

I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis...

I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis. Can you get the same sort of problem in other areas? The reason I ask is I am having some hip problems / pain and wonder if it could be related in any way.

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The answer

Thank you for your question, we are sorry to hear that you have cervical Spondylosis as well as some hip pain.

As you will know from your diagnosis Cervical Spondylosis, it is an age related condition that affects the neck and shoulders. It can cause pain, stiffness and in some cases headaches. This pain and stiffness is caused by the discs in the cervical spine becoming broken down over time, losing fluid and subsequently becoming stiffer. It is a condition specific to the neck and so is unlikely to be the cause of your hip pain.

There are many potential causes for hip pain and as such it is important that you do not try and diagnose the problem yourself. However the most common for hip pain is Osteoarthritis and while the symptoms will vary from person to person it will commonly cause the following:

  • Damage to the cartilage – resulting in pain
  • Tissue inflammation of the hip joint
  • Osteophytes – which are boney growths that appear around the edge of the hip joint

Other more rare conditions that can cause hip pain include a hip fracture, hip dysplasia, a cartilage tear or abnormal bone structure rubbing against each other and causing friction pain.

As you can see there are a number of reasons as to why you may be experiencing hip pain, which is why it would be best visit your GP who will be able to assess you and provide you with an ongoing management plan.

We do hope this information has been of help and that you are feeling better very soon.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses