Neck stiffness and pain
Headache that may originate in the neck
Pain in the shoulder or arms
Inability to fully turn the head or bend the neck, sometimes interfering with driving
Grinding noise or sensation when the neck is turned
Symptoms of cervical spondylosis tend to improve with rest. Symptoms are most severe in the morning and again at the end of the day.
If cervical spondylosis results in pressure on the spinal cord (cervical stenosis), it can put pressure on the spinal cord, a condition called cervical myelopathy. Symptoms of cervical spondylosis with myelopathy include:
Tingling, numbness, and/or weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
Lack of coordination and difficulty walking
Loss of control over bladder and bowel (incontinence)
Another possible complication of cervical spondylosis is cervical radiculopathy, when bone spurs press on nerves as they exit the bones of the spinal column. Pain shooting down into one or both arms is the most common symptom.