Cervical spondylosis is also referred as ‘cervical osteoarthritis’. This disorder is caused due to unusual chronic wear on the neck bones and cartilage. This compresses the roots of the nerves. In addition to severe neck pain, it may even affect the spinal cord and arms. People above 60 years of age are prone to cervical spondylosis.
Treatment for Cervical Spondolysis
This technique works excellently to relieve the tension, anxiety and pain in the neck and shoulder muscles. This is a method of relieving the pain from your neck by keeping the body in its comfortable position and supporting it.
While Lying Down
The following supporting mechanisms can be followed for relaxing, when you are lying down. Use a thin and firm pillow. Keep one pillow below you head and one below your knees. One pillow should be for your shoulder.
Sit on a properly backed chair which gives support to your shoulder and neck. Keep a pillow on the chair for extra support to your lower back.
Keep your foot on a foot rester or a small stool. Your arms should be resting on the arm of the chair.
Physiotherapy is effective to ease the neck movements and to alleviate the pain. Your therapist may follow the treatment methods mentioned below.
Traction : Cervical traction is effective in relieving the compression of nerves.
Postures : Physiotherapists identify your wrong postures and teaches you maintain correct posture.
Diathermy : The process of keeping a disc on the back of your neck to remove your pain is called as ‘shortwave diathermy’. The warmness that is released from this diathermy comforts the muscles and removes the pain.
Physiotherapist identifies your wrong posture and rectifies them. Guidelines for maintaining correct posture are taught by them. Neck collars are suggested based on your requirements. You may be prescribed a soft or firm collar.
Soft collar : This collar is supposed to be used exclusively during the night time to keep your neck in right posture while sleeping.
Firm Collar : This collar helps to keep your neck firmly and steadily. This is mainly used when you are working or travelling. When the pain is reduced, you can remove it.
Give a gentle massage on your neck. But take care that you don’t press hard. The massage should be comforting and relaxing rather than paining. Instead of a self massage, it would be better if someone else massages you. After pressing, hold on for 10 seconds and then release.
Anti inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen are commonly prescribed by doctors. This helps to cure pain and swelling, which paves way for continuing the treatment further.
To remove the spinal cord pain, disk or bone tissues may be removed. Muscle relaxants and analgesics are usually prescribed. If the pain is severe and does not subside, your orthopaedician may go for cortisone injection near the vertebral joints. This works effectively to cure the swelling of nerves and to alleviate pain.
When the nerves are affected and both physiotherapy and medication fails, surgery would be a final option. The nerve compressed by disc and bones are relieved by decompressing them by surgical means.