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Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis is a chronic degeneration of the bones (vertebrae) of the neck (cervical spine) and the cushions between the vertebrae (discs). Also known as cervical osteoarthritis, the condition usually appears in men and women older than 40 and progresses with age. Although cervical spondylosis affects both sexes equally, men usually develop it at an earlier age than women do.The degeneration in cervical spondylosis most likely is a result of wear and tear on the neck bones as you age. The changes that accompany the degeneration, such as developing abnormal growths (bone spurs) on the spine, can lead to pressure on the spinal nerves and, sometimes, the spinal cord itself.

Treatment

Without treatment, the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis may decrease or stabilize, or they may worsen. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and prevent permanent injury to the spinal cord and nerves.

Treatment of mild cases

Mild cases of cervical spondylosis may respond to:
  • Commencing simple Ayurveda herbal decoctions and oil treatments at home itself.
  • Regular use of medicated Ayurveda oils will considerably contribute to slowing down the degenerative process of the cervical spine.
  • Doing prescribed exercises to strengthen neck muscles and stretch the neck and shoulders. Low-impact aerobic exercise, such as walking or water aerobics, also may help.

Treatment of more serious cases

For more severe cases, treatment may include:
  • Hospitalization with bed rest and Ayurveda medicines and external body treatments for around 3-5 weeks to completely immobilize the cervical spine and reduce the pressure on spinal nerves. This treatment has been found to be effective in many patients of cervical spondylosis.
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