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Treatments for Cervical Spondylosis

Treatments for Cervical Spondylosis:

There is no cure for cervical spondylosis, but with early recognition and treatment, it is possible to minimize discomfort and risks of complications of the condition. The most successful treatment plans usually use a multipronged approach, including physical therapy, exercise, medications, and in some cases surgery.

Physical therapy includes range-of-motion exercises that can help to strengthen muscles of the neck and maintain or increase neck flexibility.

Commonly recommended medications include acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin. These medications can have serious side-effects and should only be taken as directed by a physician.

A variety of surgical procedures may be considered in severe cases in which there is compression of a nerve and serious symptoms, such as loss of feeling or incontinence. Surgical options may include foraminotomy, laminectomy, or spinal fusion. These surgical procedures relieve pressure on the affected nerves.

Treatment List for Cervical Spondylosis

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Cervical Spondylosis includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Cervical (neck) support collar
  • Physiotherapy: gentle exercises, passive manipulation techniques
  • Pain relief/analgesia
  • Avoidance of lifting heavy loads
  • Surgery - anterior fusion of spinal vertebrae

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