I had a car accident 8 months ago, got whiplash, had physio and seemed ok, but then stepped off a kerb and jarred my neck and back causing me a lot of pain. I went to see my GP who decided it would be a good idea to send me for an xray. The results came back yesterday and I have been told that I have cervical spondylosis.
The xray report reads as follows: "There is some narrowing of the C5-C6 and C6-C7 with some marginal osteophyte formation noted. There is slight loss of cervical lordosis. The facet joints are slightly narrowed throughout the cervical spine. No loss of vertebral height or alignment". My GP has translated this as far as the medical terms are concerned and says that most people would show some form of osteoarthritis should they be xrayed. My main concern is the effect that this could have on me and I was hoping someone could advise me.
I am a 36 year old female and I train for several hours a week in the martial arts. I would go so far as to say that this is one of the main parts of my life and the thought of having to give it up is absolutely devastating to me.
My instructor has said that arthritis of a major joint automatically precludes me from taking part in contact sports. I obviously cannot force him to teach me but need some hope for myself that this is not it and that, if I continue to train I will not end up doing myself any more permanent damage than what has already been done to me. I am not stupid and if the only answer is that contact sport with an arthritic joint is simply not possible then I am going to have to come to terms with it. But if there is any way that I can take something to improve my joints, get any kind of treatment to stop further degeneration etc I will do ANYTHING - I just need some advice on where to start.
Sorry for the long rambling message