(Last Updated on : 21/03/2009)
Cervical spondylosis is a common degenerative condition which is associated with the cervical spine. It is caused by age-related changes in the intervertebral disks. Scientifically, there are several syndromes that are responsible for its cause. Cervical spondylosis includes neck and shoulder pain, suboccipital pain and headache, radicular symptoms, and cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Disk degeneration and stresses result in osteophytic bars, which form along the ventral aspect of the spinal canal. Treatment of Cervical Spondylosis is mainly conservative in nature. Cervical Spondylosis can be treated with Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Yoga and Meditation too.
Treatment of Cervical Spondylosis involves most common method. The patients are recommended with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical modalities, and lifestyle modifications. Furthermore, surgery is occasionally performed to cure the cervical spondylosis. However, the main aim of treating cervical spondylosis is to relieve pain and prevent any permanent damage to the nerves. Various medications have a vital role in helping the patients from the pain. Medicines like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; Codeine as well as Amitriptyline can relieve the pain of the sufferer.
Other modes of Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis include exercises and lifestyle changes. Exercise techniques that strengthen the neck muscles and reduce strain on spine are practised by the patient. In addition to that person suffering from Cervical Spondylosis may also be benefited from taking part in low-impact aerobic exercises such as swimming or walking. Certain lifestyle changes such as using firm pillow at night can reduce the strain on the neck. Conventional treatments also consists of neck brace, neck traction, bed rest, and cortisone injections.
Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis can be through Ayurveda too. Ayurveda which is a natural therapy hence has no side effect or any complications. Ayurveda offers conservative treatment as oral as well as external medication in which herbal medicine helps to reverse the disease-process giving decongestion of the spinal canal and nerve-root bony outlets which can relieve it. Alternative medicines for Cervical Spondylosis include homeopathy too. Rhus Tox is one of the homeopathic medicines which is prescribed for relieving pain and stiffness in the neck, pain between the shoulders. Kalmia is for pain from the neck down the arms, pain extending to the shoulder blades, Conium is for cervical spondylosis with giddiness. Other commonly used medicines for treating spondolysis are causticum, calcarea phos, calcarea flour, nux, hypericum,
Treatment of Cervical Spondylosis by Yogic Asanas can provide good results. Asanas such as Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Supta Vajrasana, Gomukhasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Ushtrasana, Matsyasana and Chakrasana are helpful in this disease. Surya Namaskara, Nadi shodhana and Ujjayi pranayama as well as exercises of back and waist described in Sukshma Vyayama also yield special benefit.
Magnetic Therapy also proves to be beneficial for treatment of Cervical Spondylosis. Magnetic therapy offers one of the most effective cures for spondylosis when the damage is caused he inter-vertebral discs and bones. The magnets should be applied to the neck and to the part to which the pain and tingling may radiate. Accordingly, the North Pole should be placed over the most painful point on the neck and the South Pole on the shoulder, elbow or the palm of the left or right hand. South-pole oil should be applied to the site of pair before applying the magnets. All the process of treatment whether its conventional method or alternative medicines, are intended to cure the Cervical Spondylosis and provide relief to the patient.