Cervical spondylosis is a disease mostly occurring in aged people in the cervical spine. Cervical spondylosis affects the disc and joints of the cervical spine that is our neck. Cervical spondylosis is also termed as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis. It is deemed to be caused by the wear and tear of cartilages and bones in the neck. It is also a result of old age and can be caused due to other factors. People can have symptoms like stiffness, chronic and severe pain. But many people can conduct daily activities with the symptoms. You can get relieved of this disease. There are various treatments available to set you free from cervical spondylosis.
Therapies and exercises have been effective in relieving cervical spondylosis. Physical therapy includes exercising stretching shoulder and neck muscles. Physical therapy and exercises help to strengthen the muscles of the neck and shoulders. Some people can do stretching exercises at home, whereas some people need a physical therapist by their side while performing stretching exercises. Your doctor will recommend a physical therapist. The doctor will also recommend you to how long and how often you should practice these exercises based on your symptoms and condition.
You can perform exercises at home. Regular exercising helps in speedy recovery. You can even consider walking; people who walk are less likely to get cervical spondylosis.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can be consumed without the doctor's prescription. OTCs with components like ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or acetaminophen are enough to kill the pain.
Applying heating pads or cold packs on your neck can ease the sore muscles in your neck.
Your doctor can recommend you to put on a brace or soft collar. The brace helps to rest your strained muscles. You should not wear the brace for an extended period of time as it may lead to weakening your neck muscles.
Medicines can also relieve you from cervical spondylosis. The doctor will prescribe medicines if you don’t get relief from over-the-counter pain relief medicines. The doctor may prescribe you Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), which helps to ease the pain and inflammation caused by cervical spondylosis. The doctor may also prescribe other medicines, but if not being relieved of the pain, then they can use steroid injections.
If you are not getting relieved by other treatments, then the doctor might have to perform surgery. Rarely surgery is performed on the cervical spondylosis condition. It can be recommended when affecting the ability to move your arm. Surgery removes some bone spurs or part of your neck spurs to give more room to neck muscles.
Cervical spondylosis conditions can be prevented if a person practices regular exercise at home. But if you have this disease, don’t panic, visit your doctor. You can call us for massage therapy or physical therapy from the best professionals.