Cervical spondylosis is a type of arthritis of the neck. It can happen as people get older. It may be caused by bone spurs or other problems.
You may have neck pain and stiffness. Sometimes the space around the spinal cord narrows. When this happens, it is called spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms, legs, feet, and rear end (buttocks). It can also cause loss of bowel and bladder control.
You can treat some of your symptoms with over-the-counter pain medicine. But if you have spinal stenosis with severe symptoms, you may need surgery.