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Homoeopathic Treatment Of Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)!

Dr. Jyoti Singh 91% (853 ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
Homoeopathic Treatment Of Cervical Spondylosis (Cervical Osteoarthritis)!

What is cervical spondylosis (cervical osteoarthritis)?

Cervical spondylosis is also known as osteoarthritis of cervical spine (neck). This is age related wear and tear of the discs, bones and joints of the neck. As the discs dehydrate and shrink with age, bony spicules start to appear along the edges of bones. Also the discs of cervical spine gradually break down and start losing fluid causing stiffness. Thus signs of osteoarthritis start to appear.

Risk factors:

  • Age: cervical spondylosis is a normal part of aging. More than 85% of people older than age 60 years are affected by cervical spondylosis.
  • Smoking: is related to increased risk of development of neck pain.
  • Genes: family history increases risk of development of neck pain.
  • Occupation: cervical spondylosis is seen more in people who have computer jobs or jobs which require repetitive movement of neck.
  • Neck injury: injuries to the neck in past predisposes to spondylosis also.

Complications:

Due to compression of nerve or spinal cord in cervical spondylosis, there could be permanent damage as well.

Symptoms and causes
Symptoms:

Usually, people experience no symptoms but when symptoms appear then they are pain and stiffness of neck. Further symptoms doesn’t appear unless there is nerve compression or there is narrowing of the space for spinal cord. If the nerve roots or spinal cord is compressed then there would be following symptoms:

  • Tingling along with numbness in arms, hands, legs or feet.
  • Weakness is also felt in arms, legs or feet due nerve compression.
  • Walking can also be impaired.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Loss of bowel control or bladder control.

Causes:
Due to aging, there is wear and tear of the cartilage and bones of the spine of neck. Due to this wear and tear there is dehydration of the disc which acts like cushion between vertebrae of the spine. Due to drying up go th cushiony disc there is bone to bone contact causing pain and stiffness.

Diagnosis & treatment
Diagnosis:

  • Physical examination for checking the range of movement of neck, gait, reflexes and muscle strength.
  • Neck x-ray: x-ray of neck would reveal bone growth (spurs).
  • Ct scan: would give detailed image of the neck.

Treatment:

  • Conventional treatment includes pain relieving with nsaids, corticosteroids, muscle relaxants so that patient can be relieved with pain and stiffness.
  • Surgery can also be performed for removing the herniated disc or bone growth (spur).
  • Therapy can also be given which includes exercises to help stretch and strengthen the muscles of neck and shoulders. Traction can also be given to patients to help relieving symptoms of nerve compression.

Management

  • Regular exercise: by doing regular exercise there would be rapid recovery in the symptoms of stiffness and pain.
  • Improving the posture: people who have computer job should improve their posture while sitting at work and should take break after small intervals.
  • Heat or ice packs: would help in relieving pain and stiffness
  • Neck support: would help in giving rest to the neck muscles.

Homeopathic management
Since conventional medicines doesn’t provide full relief in symptoms and have side effects of their own, homeopathy is an alternative method of helping people having cervical spondylosis. Homeopathy would not only help in relieving the symptoms but would also help in catching the disease at the current situation.
Various medicines are available for cervical spondylosis like silicea, natrum mur, bryonia, pulsatilla etc which can be given for the condition but should be taken only when prescribed by a homeopath.

Do’s & don’ts
Do’s

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Apply heat or cold pack.
  • Swimming would also help as it stretches the ligaments.
  • Do stretching regularly.
  • Do neck specific exercises.
  • Wear soft neck support.
  • Rectify your posture.

Don’ts

  • Don’t wait of exaggeration of symptoms.
  • Don’t strain on neck.
  • Don’t sit for long hours in front of computer.
     

Cervical Spondylosis - How To Handle It?

Dr. Rakesh Kumar 91% (139 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedic Doctor, Delhi
Cervical Spondylosis - How To Handle It?

The difficulties associated with cervical spondylosis go far beyond spelling it correctly! The problem of cervical spondylosis can be extremely painful making it difficult to sit or walk. As if cervical spondylosis alone was not enough to put up with, it can often be accompanied by headache. Bone spurs can be said to be a rather unusual phenomena but they can be one of the causes of cervical spondylosis is quite a few cases. This occurs when an extra bone grows to make the body stronger.

What causes cervical spondylosis?
While the causes of cervical spondylosis may vary, few causes are just as direct as injury is. A fall, or an accident can hasten the process of ageing and bring on cervical spondylosis sooner than what would have been usual. Sometimes, the nature of work can also lead to cervical spondylosis, as is the case with a lot of construction workers who suffer from it. Generally, as a person gets older, he or she can expect to suffer from cervical spondylosis. As a matter of fact, it affects about eighty five per cent of people over the age of sixty! One good thing though is the fact that only in certain, chronic cases is the condition life-altering, as most people are able to get on with their normal lives after taking some measures.

How to treat it?
In order to ease the pain, it is a good option to make use of some muscle relaxants, which can go a long way. Also, in case the pain is really bad, there are steroid injections which are available which reduce the tissue inflammation. For this same purpose, a person suffering can also make use of a narcotic such as hydrocodone. One solution which usually is not required in the case of cervical spondylosis is surgery. The surgeries for the issue are usually to correct the form of the bone structure, basically to remove spurs and create more room. However, doctors usually recommend this sort of solution when the pain is excruciating and persistent in nature.

Usually, muscles of those who suffer due to cervical spondylosis can get very sore. A simple but also a surprisingly effective remedy for this is to use a heating pack or a cold gel pack on one’s neck. Shot in the arm solution and a neck brace can an effective temporary solution. However, wearing a neck brace for too long can lead to weaker muscles, which will worsen the problem.

Cervical spondylosis is essentially a pain in the neck, but it is a manageable one!

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Treating Cervical Spondylosis (Osteoarthritis) Through Physiotherapy!

Physiotherapist, Navi Mumbai
Treating Cervical Spondylosis (Osteoarthritis) Through Physiotherapy!

Treating Cervical Spondylosis (Osteoarthritis):

Cervical osteoarthritis is also known as cervical spondylosis. It is a medical condition which involves changes in the joints, bones and discs of neck area. This is generally caused due to the degenerative changes in the bones and muscles owing to old age. With age, the discs present between the vertebrae tend to breaks down and loses all its fluids. This leads to stiffness in the spine. It occurs usually in middle-aged and old aged people. It may sometime also be caused due to abnormal loading or wrong postures of the spine. This causes stiffness and severe neck pain. Physiotherapy is the safest way of reducing pain and stiffness associated with cervical osteoarthritis.

Symptoms of Cervical Osteoarthritis:

1. Pain and stiffness in the neck.

2. Headache which usually emerges from the neck.

3. Severe pain in the arms and shoulder.

4. Not being able to turn the head or neck fully while driving.

5. Muscle spasm.

6. Grinding sensation or noise caused while bending the neck.

Cervical Osteoarthritis can be cured in the following ways:

1. Heat modalities - In this method, the pain and stiffness are reduced by putting heat on the affected area. This type of therapy is called heat therapy.

2. Electro modalities like IFT, TENS can also help in pain reduction and muscle relaxation.

3. Neck exercise - Regular stretching and strengthening exercises for the neck can reduce pain and stiffness.

4. Manipulating therapy - A physiotherapist may identify and manipulate the joints so that the muscles can function smoothly.

5. Hydrotherapy - This therapy involves exercising in a pool. Hydrotherapy is extremely beneficial for people having severe joint pain and stiffness.

6. Cervical traction - This is a common non-surgical treatment which cures pain in the neck by opening the cervical foramen (hole or passage).

Physiotherapy is the most natural and safe way of treating cervical osteoarthritis. If you are diagnosed with cervical spondylosis, you should start physiotherapy as soon as possible.

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Cervical Spondylosis - Best Ways To Treat It!

Dr. Himanshu Gupta 89% (55 ratings)
Fellow Adult Knee Reconstruction and Sports Injuries, Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice, MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedic Doctor, Gurgaon
Cervical Spondylosis - Best Ways To Treat It!

Cervical spondylosis is fast becoming the bane of modern life. An age-related wear and tear problem affecting the spinal discs in your neck, cervical spondylosis is increasingly affecting the young because of the use of cell phones, laptops and the like.

Cervical spondylosis is a general term used to define shrinkage of discs in between vertebrae in the neck region. Along with disc degeneration, bony projections also form in the area and are called bone spurs.
Other causes of cervical spondylosis are dehydrated discs. Discs are thick, pad-like cushions in between vertebrae that act as shock absorbers. They are made of a gel- like material that can dry over time. This causes the spinal vertebrae to rub together causing pain. The discs also crack which allows the internal gel-like material to spill out and impinge on spinal nerves causing symptoms.

There is a narrowing of the space required by the spinal cord and nerves that emanate in the upper spine to go to various parts of the body. Pinching of these nerves can cause alarming symptoms like

  1. Numbness and weakness in your arms, hands, legs and feet
  2. Lack of coordination and difficulty in walking
  3. Loss of bladder or bowel movement
  4. Stiffness and pain in neck

Treatment and management
Usually, cervical spondylosis doesn’t cause any symptoms. But when you start experiencing pain, stiffness and weakness of muscles, it’s best to go to a doctor who will diagnose the problem and then treat it.
Treatment for cervical spondylosis depends on the severity of your symptoms. Its goal is to get rid of pain, allow you to carry on your daily activities and prevent any permanent damage to your spinal cord and nerves.

Medicines

  1. Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. Example Ibuprofen.
  2. Corticosteroids are oral medications to get rid of the severe pain. If these don’t work, your doctor can suggest steroid injections.
  3. Muscle relaxants medicines relax the muscles in the upper part of the spine and help in curing neck pain and stiffness
  4. Anti-seizure medications are also prescribed to dull the pain of damaged nerves in the spine. These include epilepsy medications, such as gabapentin and pregabalin.

Physiotherapy

  1. Non surgical treatments are usually very effective in treating cervical spondylosis and surgery is usually not required. Physiotherapy is a bulwark for patients as it helps manage the condition very well.
  2. Neck exercises that help stretch and strengthen muscles in your neck and shoulders can help manage debilitating symptoms of cervical spondylosis.
  3. Few patients also benefit from traction, which can help provide more space for nerve roots within the spine.

Surgery

  1. Surgery is the last resort for treating cervical spondylosis.
  2. It is suggested when non-surgical treatments fail and the pain and neurological signs such as weakness in your arms or legs get worse.
  3. It is done to create more room for your spinal cord and nerve roots.

Cervical spondylosis surgery typically involves removing:

  1. Herniated disk
  2. Bone spurs
  3. Part of a vertebra
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Cervical Spondylosis - How Homeopathy Can Take Care Of It?

Dr. Atul Kundalia 90% (10 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Medicine
Homeopathy Doctor, Ghaziabad
Cervical Spondylosis - How Homeopathy Can Take Care Of It?

Cervical spondylosis is a disorder that affects the joints and disc around the cervical region or neck. Earlier, it was believed that spondylosis can occur in old people only and is an age-related disorder. However, it is not true nowadays. Today, even youngsters complain of pain in the neck region due to cervical spondylosis. It occurs mostly to people who spend longer hours sitting and working on the computer. It is caused due to damage of cartilage and bones in this region. Symptoms of cervical spondylosis include chronic pain and stiffness around the neck.

Causes for Cervical Spondylosis-

A number of factors can be responsible for cervical spondylosis. Following are the common causes for the disorder:

1. Overgrowth of bones in the neck region: This can hamper the sensitive areas around the spine.

2. Drying of fluid: The spinal bone is made up of disc-like structures. There is fluid present in between the disks. Spondylosis is often caused due to the drying up of this fluid.

3. Herinated disks: In some cases, cracks get developed on the disks. This causes leakage of fluid in between them. Consequently, the nerves in this region get damaged.

4. Injury: If you have had an injury to your neck, such as during a fall or car accident, this can accelerate the aging process.

Homeopathic Medicines to Cure Cervical Spondylosis-

There are homeopathic medicines, which can cure cervical spondylosis over a period of time. However, the dosage of these medicines must be administered properly to get rid of the disorder. Some of these useful medicines have been listed below:

1. Conium: This medicine is prescribed for patients suffering from vertigo. If a patient feels pain or vertigo while turning the head sideways or lying down on bed, this medicine can prove helpful. Other symptoms that should be taken into account while prescribing this drug include feeling of tightness in the temporal region and pain in occipital area.

2. Gelsemium: If the pain in the neck region extends to the back of the head, one may be given doses of Gelsemium. The patient complains of having the pain at the centre of the occipital region. Besides, the patient will feel inactive, dull and dizzy most of the times.

3. Kalmia Latifolia: This is given when the pain spreads up to the arm region and fingers. The pain can also be felt around the shoulder blades. The patient suffers from frequent nausea. The pain increases when the patient tries to look down.

4. Silicea: When the pain is felt on the eyes or forehead, this medicine is prescribed. It is also useful in treating spine curvature. These patients cannot adjust to cold weather. They feel chilly most of the times. The get quick relief by warm fomentation.

5. Calcarea Phos: This is useful for treating patients who have developed spondylosis due to the overgrowth of bones in the cervical region or bone spurs.

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Spondylosis - Know Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Kolkata
Spondylosis - Know Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Spondylosis is a disease of the bone which involves wear and tear of the discs. The latter is the cushion between the joints of the neck and the neck bone. While it is mostly observed in aged people, it is not too uncommon among the youth as well. It can present with symptoms such as numbness, neck pain, headache, stiffness near the shoulder area etc. Ayurvedic treatment has been extremely promising in treating both cervical and lumbar spondylosis.

  1. The food connection: Ayurveda states that there is a close connection between Spondylosis and food. In Ayurvedic terms, an increase of Vata Dosha can lead to the problem of Spondylosis. For instance, consumption of frozen or processed food, sodas, junk food, low consumption of water, excess consumption of curried food heighten the chances of Spondylosis.
  2. Habits matter: As per the books of the Ayurveda, a reckless lifestyle increases the chances of Spondylosis. Habits such as day sleep, regular walking for a long distance, urging the suppression, rigorous exercise daily, work that involves bearing of weight on the neck, head and shoulder, night awakening etc. can wreak havoc and result in Spondylosis. On the other hand, healthy lifestyle changes can help a person refrain from this condition.
  3. Psychological Factors: Ayurveda states that even psychological factors can go a long way in making a person suffer from Spondylosis. Certain factors such as excess stress, loss of interest in day to day work, fear of failure, feeling of frustration, too much anger, grief resulting from personal loss etc. play a major role in Spondylosis.

Visible Symptoms of Spondylosis:
Some medical symptoms that can be easily identified as the signs of Spondylosis include fatigue, pain in the arm, shoulder and forearm, difficulty in functions pertaining to neck rotation, extension, joint stiffness, muscular spasm, headache, weakness in the arm, difficulty in movement, difficulty in muscle coordination etc.

Some ayurvedic treatments to deal with Spondylosis

  1. Mild Purgation- When milk, castor oil and Aragwadha phala majja are mixed together and applied to the neck area, the pain can be curtailed and gradual improvement is seen in a Spondylosis patient.
  2. Greeva Basti- A compound created with Bala Ashwagandhadi oil, Medicated oil and black gram paste is applied on the affected area. Regular application of this can regenerate the muscle bone and reverse Spondylosis to a considerable extent.

Ayurvedic Herbs For Spondylosis
Some ayurvedic herbs are known to be extremely beneficial for treating Spondylosis. When these are consumed or applied to the affected area, they can fetch surprising result for a Spondylosis patient. Some of these herbs include Prishniparni (Uraria picta), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Shunthi (Ginger), Bala (Sida cardifolia), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Gambhari (Gmelina arborea), Shallaki (Boswelia serrata), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Castor root (Ricinus communis) etc.

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Spondylitis - Knowing The Causes, Symptoms & Homeopathic Treatment For It!

Dr. Qazi Wasimuddin 89% (635 ratings)
BHMS, Dr. Hari Singh Gaur Central University, Sagar
Sexologist, Sagar
Spondylitis - Knowing The Causes, Symptoms & Homeopathic Treatment For It!

Spondylitis, or cervical spondylitis, is a common condition that affects a large section of the adult population. This most common disorder of the cervical spine is a degenerative condition. There are soft disks between the vertebral bones which shrink with age and gets stiff. This leads to formation of small bone spurs. This reduces the space available for the disk to move, causing nerve pinching.

Causes: Ageing is the most common cause for spondylitis. Injury, incorrect sleeping posture, and heavy weight-lifting can also cause spondylitis. While earlier it was common in people who were 60-plus, with more people spending more time at their computers and workstations, the onset happens much earlier in 30s and sometimes even in 20s.

Symptoms: Most symptoms related to spondylitis are centered on the neck and shoulder regions. There is pain and stiffness in the neck that can extend to the shoulders, nape of the neck, arms, and sometimes even the fingers. In rare cases, the pain can extend into the forehead and back of the head too. Associated symptoms include numbness, weakness, and a pricking sensation in the hands, arms, and sometimes fingers.

Homeopathy in cervical spondylitis:

Homeopathy treats the root of the issue after taking into account all symptoms. Listed below are some common homeopathic remedies for spondylitis.

  1. Conium: There is neck pain along with vertigo when lying down or turning in bed. There is constant mild pain in the back of the head and a tight sensation in the forehead region.
  2. Rhus Tox: When the neck pain is worse in the morning and with rest, Rhus is a good option. Moving the neck helps relieve this pain, which is often as a result of some injury.
  3. Kalmia Latifolia: When there is pain extending from the neck to the arm and hand and fingers, Kalmia works wonders. There may also be pain from the nape of the neck to the shoulder blades. The pain is increased with leaning forwards or looking down. The patient may also have nausea with the pain.
  4. Gelsemium: When there is pain extending from the neck to the back of the head, centering in the occipital region. The patient also feels weak, dull, and dizzy. The pain is triggered by emotional excitement.
  5. Silicea: When there is pain extending from the neck to the eyes and forehead, Silicea provides good relief. The patient will have intolerance to cold and feels chilly. The pain is improved by heat pads and lying down.
  6. Calcarea Phos: If the radiographs show bony changes in the cervical spine with the spondylitis, this is very useful. The bony spurs that form can be painful and cause nerve pinching leading to vertigo.
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Cervical Spondylosis - What Is The Effective Treatment Method?

Dr. Avinash Jain 89% (172 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Doctor, Indore
Cervical Spondylosis - What Is The Effective Treatment Method?

Cervical spondylosis is fast becoming the bane of modern life. An age-related wear and tear problem affecting the spinal discs in your neck, cervical spondylosis is increasingly affecting the young because of the use of cell phones, laptops and the like.

Cervical spondylosis is a general term used to define shrinkage of disc in between vertebrae in the neck region. Along with disc degeneration, bony projections also form in the area and are called bone spurs.
Other causes of cervical spondylosis are dehydrated discs. Discs are thick, pad-like cushions in between vertebrae that act as shock absorbers. They are made of a gel- like material that can dry over time. This causes the spinal vertebrae to rub together causing pain. The discs also crack which allows the internal gel-like material to spill out and impinge on spinal nerves causing symptoms.

There is a narrowing of the space required by the spinal cord and nerves that emanate in the upper spine to go to various parts of the body. Pinching of these nerves can cause alarming symptoms like

  1. Numbness and weakness in your arms, hands, legs and feet
  2. Lack of coordination and difficulty in walking
  3. Loss of bladder or bowel movement
  4. Stiffness and pain in neck

Treatment and management
Usually, cervical spondylosis doesn’t cause any symptoms. But when you start experiencing pain, stiffness and weakness of muscles, it’s best to go to a doctor who will diagnose the problem and then treat it.
Treatment for cervical spondylosis depends on the severity of your symptoms. Its goal is to get rid of pain, allow you to carry on your daily activities and prevent any permanent damage to your spinal cord and nerves.
 

Medicines

  1. Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. Example Ibuprofen.
  2. Corticosteroids are oral medications to get rid of the severe pain. If these don’t work, your doctor can suggest steroid injections.
  3. Muscle relaxants medicines relax the muscles in the upper part of the spine and help in curing neck pain and stiffness
  4. Anti-seizure medications are also prescribed to dull the pain of damaged nerves in the spine. These include epilepsy medications, such as gabapentinand pregabalin.

Physiotherapy

  1. Non surgical treatments are usually very effective in treating cervical spondylosis and surgery is usually not required. Physiotherapy is a bulwark for patients as it helps manage the condition very well.
  2. Neck exercises that help stretch and strengthen muscles in your neck and shoulders can help manage debilitating symptoms of cervical spondylosis.
  3. Few patients also benefit from traction, which can help provide more space for nerve roots within the spine.

Surgery

  1. Surgery is the last resort for treating cervical spondylosis.
  2. It is suggested when non-surgical treatments fail and the pain and neurological signs such as weakness in your arms or legs get worse.
  3. It is done to create more room for your spinal cord and nerve roots.

Cervical spondylosis surgery typically involves removing:

  1. Herniated disc
  2. Bone spurs
  3. Part of a vertebra

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Orthopedist.

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Cervical Spondylosis - Know Physiotherapy Treatment For it!

Dr. Sanjay Chablani 87% (16 ratings)
MSPT (Master of Physical Therapy), Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Faridabad
Cervical Spondylosis - Know  Physiotherapy Treatment For it!

Cervical Spondylosis is an age related disorder affecting the discs and joints in your neck. In simple words, it’s the wear and tear in the neck. The overuse of the bone and cartilage in the cervical spine of your neck leads to Cervical Spondylosis. While it is mostly caused by age, it can also be caused by other factors mainly poor posture while using computers, smartphones & tablets.. Stiffness and pain are the most common problems with patients afflicted with cervical spondylosis. While in others, it might not cause problems and they can go about their daily activities.

Physiotherapeutic Approach:

One cannot reverse the wear & tear changes but its symptoms can be treated with physiotherapy. If you have persistent pain in your neck, shoulder blades or arms, Physiotherapist specialising in hands on therapy (manual therapy) can provide you effective pain relief by reducing your joint stiffness and hence improving your neck flexibility and range. This is further incorporated with strengthening of your neck & spinal muscles. This will improve your posture and prevent any relapse of the pain.

Initially, the Physiotherapist evaluates your condition - checking your neck range, joint palpation, muscle tightness, reflexes and strength. A thorough assessment and analysis provides a good understanding of your current problem and treatment is done accordingly.

Approaching your neck pain with Physiotherapist:

1. Manual Therapy: This means mobilizing your stiff joint segments using various techniques by hand or assistive tools. This is very effective in reducing pain.

2. Neck traction: Pulling your head to stretch out your spine is called neck traction. This technique is used to improve movement and ease the pain. Traction is used to open the spaces between the vertebra's gently in order to ease pressure on the distressed discs. Traction is done continuously or sporadically, with short periods of rest in between. Physiotherapist can do traction as part of manual therapy technique or can use traction machine to help with same.

3. Stretching & strengthening exercises: Before beginning these exercises, there may be application of cold or heat to the affected area followed by soft tissue release, taping, exercises, &/or electrotherapy. Stretching exercises help with improving the movement and reducing the tension / tightness in the muscles. Strengthening exercises are focused primarily on neck muscles along with postural muscles to help you sit more upright and pain-free.

4. Heat: Heat can be of much help to relax the tightened and overactive muscles. Its more effective to warm the neck using hot water bottle or heating pad or direct hot towel application followed with stretching the tightened muscle and tissues.

5. Cervical collars: Cervical collars are used to support the neck if the pain is too intense or to prevent jerks during driving or if muscles aren’t able to keep to head up due to spondylosis changes. However, the cervical collar isn’t advised to be used all the time as it increases your dependency and further weakens the muscles too. & Lastly,

6. Cervical Pillows: Cervical pillows, are made to keep your neck rested in a comfortable and neutral position while you sleep. We need Pillow that supports the curve of our neck (Lordosis) when we sleep on our back with our head rested on the pillow. On side-lying, the head needs support that it doesn’t fall downwards. This is not possible with the Cervical Pillows available with Chemists. Most people find it uncomfortable and discontinue using it in long term as it doesn't provide the required comfort as mentioned above. There are Neck pillows now available according to your body and are customized to your fit.

You can always consult us to help you purchase specialised Neck Pillows which can help you sleep better & pain-free. You can choose to live pain-free from your neck symptoms by making small changes. Start them today.

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Cervical Spondylosis - Tips To Manage It!

Dr. Debasish Pal 90% (123 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Kolkata
Cervical Spondylosis - Tips To Manage It!

Cervical spondylosis is fast becoming the bane of modern life. An age-related wear and tear problem affecting the spinal discs in your neck, cervical spondylosis is increasingly affecting the young because of the use of cell phones, laptops and the like.

Cervical spondylosis is a general term used to define shrinkage of disc in between vertebrae in the neck region. Along with disc degeneration, bony projections also form in the area and are called bone spurs.
Other causes of cervical spondylosis are dehydrated discs. Discs are thick, pad-like cushions in between vertebrae that act as shock absorbers. They are made of a gel- like material that can dry over time. This causes the spinal vertebrae to rub together causing pain. The discs also crack which allows the internal gel-like material to spill out and impinge on spinal nerves causing symptoms.



There is a narrowing of the space required by the spinal cord and nerves that emanate in the upper spine to go to various parts of the body. Pinching of these nerves can cause alarming symptoms like

  1. Numbness and weakness in your arms, hands, legs and feet
  2. Lack of coordination and difficulty in walking
  3. Loss of bladder or bowel movement
  4. Stiffness and pain in neck

Treatment and management
Usually, cervical spondylosis doesn’t cause any symptoms. But when you start experiencing pain, stiffness and weakness of muscles, it’s best to go to a doctor who will diagnose the problem and then treat it.
Treatment for cervical spondylosis depends on the severity of your symptoms. Its goal is to get rid of pain, allow you to carry on your daily activities and prevent any permanent damage to your spinal cord and nerves.

Medicines

  1. Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. Example Ibuprofen.
  2. Corticosteroids are oral medications to get rid of the severe pain. If these don’t work, your doctor can suggest steroid injections.
  3. Muscle relaxants medicines relax the muscles in the upper part of the spine and help in curing neck pain and stiffness
  4. Anti-seizure medications are also prescribed to dull the pain of damaged nerves in the spine. These include epilepsy medications, such as gabapentinand pregabalin.

Physiotherapy

  1. Non surgical treatments are usually very effective in treating cervical spondylosis and surgery is usually not required. Physiotherapy is a bulwark for patients as it helps manage the condition very well.
  2. Neck exercises that help stretch and strengthen muscles in your neck and shoulders can help manage debilitating symptoms of cervical spondylosis.
  3. Few patients also benefit from traction, which can help provide more space for nerve roots within the spine.

Surgery

  1. Surgery is the last resort for treating cervical spondylosis.
  2. It is suggested when non-surgical treatments fail and the pain and neurological signs such as weakness in your arms or legs get worse.
  3. It is done to create more room for your spinal cord and nerve roots.

Cervical spondylosis surgery typically involves removing:

  1. Herniated disc
  2. Bone spurs
  3. Part of a vertebra
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