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Try Yoga For Pain Relief From Chronic Cervical Spondylosis

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What is Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis (or cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis) is a condition caused by wear and tear of the cartilage and bones of the cervical spine. Since this is degenerative disease most people above the age of 65 years complain of these symptoms. Slow degeneration causes the edges of the vertebrae to develop into brittle and rough bone areas called osteophytes.

Root Causes of Cervical Spondylosis:

Major Factor:

  • Aging:  People above the age of 40 years experience drying, shrinking, bone spurs (extra growth), cracks, herniation of spinal disks, reducing the gaps between the bones in your neck. Ligaments (or connective tissues) in your spine harden as you age making neck movement painful.

Other factors:

  • Neck injuries
  • Work-related physical stress and strain on your neck,
  • Repetitive stress from keeping a sustained or iterative abnormal position of the neck.
  • Genetic factors-Family history.
  • Obesity and Inactivity.

 

Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis:

Most people with cervical spondylosis don’t have noticeable symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they can range from mild to severe and may develop gradually or occur suddenly.

  • Pain around the shoulder blade.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Stiff neck that becomes worse.
  • Headaches normally occurring at the back of the head.
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in shoulders and arms.
  • Loss of balance and a loss of bladder or bowel control.

 

Diagnosing Cervical Spondylosis:

  • Physical Exam: Your doctor will test your reflexes checking for muscle weakness, range of motion of your neck, how you walk to determine stress on the spine.
  • Imaging Tests:  Includes X-rays, computerized tomography scan (CT scan), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and/or a myelogram.
  • Nerve Function Tests: An electromyogram (EMG) is used to measure your nerves’ electrical activity.

 

Possible Treatments for Cervical Spondylosis:

Cervical spondylosis cannot be reversed so treatments are focused around relieving pain and strengthening the supporting muscles and tissues:

  • Physiotherapy: These include traction, heat, cold, manipulation, painkillers and gentle neck exercises.
  • Medications: These include muscle relaxants, narcotics, anti-seizure drugs, or steroid injections for pain relief
  • Surgery: Helps rid of bone spurs, parts of your neck bones, or herniated disks blocking nerves or the spine. Surgery is rarely necessary for cervical spondylosis.
  • Alternate Therapies: These include Yoga, Acupunture, Acupressure, Chiropractic and other Natural ancient medical sciences to provide relief without the side effects.

 

Watch this Video on “Yoga Asanas for Cervical Spondylosis”:  

This video provides an insight into simple yet effective yoga asanas (poses) that can help strengthen the body to cope and manage Cervical Spondylosis:

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Mike Burnett
Mike Burnett 5pts

You gotta move, the more the better. I just did 2 hours of Thai massage tonight that went very well. We gotta move, don't stop.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Try it Lilia Knox You won't be disappointed :)

Ajitfj Sidhu
Ajitfj Sidhu 5pts

Pajee billyboy ill see u next week for the treatment anyway pics looks good sidhupajee

Lilia Knox
Lilia Knox 5pts

I need yoga for my Lowe back for sure :)

Anand Jyoti
Anand Jyoti 5pts

Relaxing is the best therapy for c.s

Manmohan Bhatia
Manmohan Bhatia 5pts

हिंदी भाषी लोगों को ये आर्टिकल बराबर समझ में नहीं आताहै।

Rosalinda Ables
Rosalinda Ables 5pts

Let's go to gym at 6am tomorrow? ? We can yoga TOO (: