- Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, muscle relaxants or pain medications may be prescribed.
- Physical therapy: A physical therapist can provide exercises and techniques to strengthen the neck muscles, improve range of motion, and alleviate pain. They may also recommend posture correction and ergonomic modifications to prevent further strain on the neck.
- Heat or cold therapy: Applying heat or cold packs to the affected area can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Heat therapy can relax muscles, while cold therapy can numb the area and reduce swelling.
- Neck traction: Traction devices or techniques can help relieve pressure on the spine and reduce pain. This can be done manually by a physical therapist or with the help of mechanical devices.
- Lifestyle modifications: Maintaining good posture, avoiding activities that strain the neck, and using proper ergonomics at work or home can help prevent worsening of symptoms.
- Assistive devices: In some cases, using a neck brace or cervical collar may be recommended to provide support and immobilize the neck temporarily, allowing the tissues to heal.
- Steroid injections: If conservative treatments don’t provide sufficient relief, corticosteroid injections can be ad ministered directly into the affected area to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Surgery: In severe cases when other treatments have failed, surgery may be considered. Surgical options include discectomy (removal of a herniated disc), cervical fusion (joining two vertebrae together), or artificial disc replacement.
Facing Cervical Spondylosis? Read below to find out more on what you can do.
Cervical spondylosis, also known as cervical osteoarthritis, is a degenerative condition that affects the cervical spine (neck). It is characterized by the breakdown and wear-and-tear of the cartilage and bones in the neck, leading to pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. Treatment options for cervical spondylosis aim to alleviate pain, improve neck function, and prevent further damage. Here are some common treatment approaches:
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or physical therapist, to determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on your specific condition and symptoms.
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Dr Ananda Vella
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edin), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Orthopaedics & Trauma)