Cervical Spondylosis

Imagine this, you come back home from work and driving all day along, you have a heaviness on your neck that will not just go away. 2 weeks later it is still there, you visit your doctor/physiotherapist and they diagnose you with cervical Spondylosis.

So what exactly is Cervical Spondylosis?

It is a common cause of chronic neck pain, it is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear and tear of the cartilage and bones of the neck.

Causes

Life in the past 30 years has become so hectic and fast, our lifestyle has completely changed from that of our parents or our grandparents.

Major risk factor of spondylosis is aging! But however this is not the only risk factors as we see even young adults having cervical spondylosis.

Risk factors may also be

  • Obesity
  • Not being active
  • Being in a job with alot of computer usage or having to have your neck in bent forward position for most of the day
  • Arthritis
  • Neck injuries
  • Pervious neck surgery
  • Small fractures
  • Osteoporosis

Symptoms

This bit is a bit tricky because for some of us out there the journey of cervical spondylosis will be very slow, but for the others it may be worst all of a sudden.

  • Pain: it maybe mild to severe, it can be in one place or maybe moving(radiating) to the shoulder and down till the arm, all depending on the severity of the condition.
  • Neck stiffness: This again depends on the severity, in some it is alright and movement in all directions are possible, in others it maybe so bad that the neck is static in one position.
  • Numbness or tingling in the shoulder or down till the arms
  • Headaches
  • Less common symptoms can also be
  • Loss of balance
  • Unable to control bowel and bladder movements( if the spinal cord is involved)

Tests

  • There maybe many test done on you when you visit your Doctor, the most common one will be
  • X-ray
  • MRI of neck
  • EMG and NCV(nerve conduction velocity) maybe done if the never root is involved.

Treatment

How can we at Physio Savvy help you?

We have seen many Cervical spondylosis cases and in most cases a conventional treatment is what is best needed.

Physiotherapy can help in reducing your pain and increasing your movement as well as your strength.

We will do a complete examination before we start with the treatment.

In acute cases (recent)

  • Heat or Ice will be used
  • Cervical traction
  • Active Release Technique
  • Soft tissue releases
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Mobilization (if your neck is able to take it)
  • As well as giving you stretches and strengthening program

In Chronic cases (serious)

  • Cervical traction
  • Active Release Technique
  • Mobilization
  • Exercises

So if you think your neck pain is nagging you through out the day and you are unable to sleep at night or just tired of taking painkillers, why don’t you give us a try?

Let us help you get better.

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Karishma Jhaveri

Karishma Jhaveri

Physiotherapist at Physio Savvy
Karishma completed her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from Manipal, India and has also completed Mulligan therapy certificaion. In Manipal Hospital, she worked for 3 years in clinical placement under several areas including diabetic clinic, pediatric wards, burns ICU and cardiac ICU. She then continued working in Mumbai under the President of Indian Association of physiotherapy Dr Ali Irani. Her work also includes health surveys in India for WHO in rural parts near Manipal, and she has taken a special interest in working with children.
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