Cervical Spondylosis: How can physiotherapy help to treat it?

Cervical Spondylosis is an age-related condition that affects the discs and joints of your neck. The excessive use of cartilage, muscles and bone in the cervical (neck) spine can lead to the condition known as cervical Spondylosis. While it is typically caused by age, it may occur due to other factors. Stiffness and persistent, severe discomfort are the most common symptoms for those suffering from cervical Spondylosis. It may not cause any issues for some, and they might be able to continue their everyday routines.

Is there any treatment for Cervical Spondylosis?

There is no treatment for cervical Spondylosis; however, Physiotherapy can address the symptoms and help to tackle the root cause as well. If you experience persistent discomfort in your neck, shoulders, shoulder blades, and arms, a physiotherapist can help relieve pain by strengthening your neck muscles and improving the vertebral alignment This can improve your posture and also prevent relapse of the pain.

First, the physiotherapist will assess your condition; test your strength and reflexes. The physiotherapist then will move on to the following treatment:

1. Stretching, Strengthening, And Straightening Exercises:

Straightening Exercises

Before you begin the exercises, the physiotherapist will apply heat or cold to the affected area and then proceed with an intense massage or electrical stimulation. Once your muscles are relaxed, the exercises can begin; these exercises are intended to strengthen your neck muscles. Through these exercises, you'll be able to increase your movement range and posture.

2. Neck Traction:

Neck Traction

Pulling your head to stretch your spine is neck traction. This method is employed to increase your mobility and reduce discomfort. Traction can be used to gently open the space between vertebrae to lessen the strain on the distressed discs. The procedure is performed either frequently or intermittently with brief rest intervals.

3. Cervical Collars and Pillows:

Cervical Collars and Pillows

Neck pillows, also called cervical pillows, help keep your neck in place as you rest. Cervical collars can also be referred to as neck braces, which help support your neck. Although cervical collars have proved to be helpful, there's not much evidence to suggest that cervical pillows are beneficial for treating cervical Spondylosis. It is always advisable to consult an expert in Physiotherapy before buying a cervical pillow.

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