What Are The Treatments For Cervical Spondylosis?

Any wear and tear that is caused on the joints of the neck can be collectively termed as Cervical Spondylosis or cervical osteoarthritis. All people who are above the age of 40 are at risk, especially the ones who are susceptible to arthritis and other bone conditions.

Symptoms Associated With Cervical Spondylosis

The general symptoms associated with this condition are pain or stiffness in the shoulder, neck region and arms, tingling or feeling of pin pricks in the hands, arms and feet, loss or lack of bladder and bowel movements, difficulty in walking and weakening of the legs, hands and feet. A combination of pain killers, surgery and medications are used for treatment of this condition.

Use Of Cervical Collars

Cervical collars, commonly known as neck braces are sometimes used to stabilise and reduce the movement of the neck that can cause irritation of the nerves and resultant pain and tingling sensation. This can be used all throughout the day. Sometimes Cervical Spondylosis can become normal on its own or worsen suddenly. Pain relieving treatments and means to minimise the damage to the nerves are undertaken in such cases.

Medications For Cervical Spondylosis

Sometimes the pain caused due to Cervical Spondylosis would require pain killers to be administered in order to go on with your daily life. Anti inflammatory medications like ibuprofen are used in such cases.  To relax the taut muscles and prevent pain and pressure on the nerves, muscle relaxant drugs and corticosteroids are injected into the neck joints of the patient.

Surgical Assistance

Surgery is most commonly done as a last resort when none of the above mentioned treatment methods give the desired result. If the patient is still in pain and distress and the arms and the legs are weak causing debilitating conditions, surgery is done. However, surgery may not give complete relief from the symptoms and carries a lot of risk factors as well.

The common surgical methods used are the frontal approach where an incision is created in the front part of the neck and the herniated disks are removed to relieve the nerve. In the back approach, the bones from the back are either re arranged or removed depending on the severity of the condition. In laminectomy, an incision is made in the neck, and the back section of the bone is removed to offer relief for the patient. The possible risk factor associated with the procedure are infections, damage to the nerves, blood clots etc.

Alternative Therapy

Apart from these treatment options, there are certain natural ways to cure Cervical Spondylosis, though all patients may not respond well to such treatments. This includes, walking, low impact exercises etc. for strengthening the neck muscles and also hot showers which can ease the inflammation in the neck and provide relief for the patient.

Useful Tips

Cervical Spondylosis can be reduced or prevented by following certain good practices. Practice good posture while working and also do neck exercises like rotating and moving the neck in all directions every one hour to ease the tension. Take frequent breaks while doing stationary jobs like working on the computer, driving etc. High impact exercises like running must be avoided.