What is cervical spondylosis?
The neck is made up of seven bones called vertebrae. In between these vertebrae there are shock absorbing discs. These discs have a tough, fibrous outer layer and a gel-like core. Cervical spondylosis is wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs in the neck. As we reach middle age our discs start becoming thinner and sometimes the edges of the vertebrae can become rough. The surrounding muscles, ligaments, and nerves can be irritated by these changes. This causes the symptoms of cervical spondylosis. Physiotherapy can successfully treat the symptoms of cervical spondylosis.
What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?
People with cervical spondylosis often find that they have flare ups of their symptoms from time to time. Symptoms range from mild to severe and include:
What should I do if I have cervical spondylosis?
If you suspect that you have cervical spondylosis you should keep your neck moving gently and arrange a physiotherapy assessment.
What shouldn’t I do if I have cervical spondylosis?
If you suspect that you have cervical spondylosis you should not ignore your problem. It is likely that if you do not seek treatment your neck will become increasingly painful and stiff.
Physiotherapy treatment for cervical spondylosis.
Physiotherapy is very important in the treatment of cervical spondylosis. Initially your physiotherapist can assess you and diagnose your problem. Following the initial assessment your physiotherapist will write a treatment plan specifically for you. Physiotherapy treatment for cervical spondylosis often comprises of a home exercise programme to increase the range of movement and muscle control of your neck. Other physiotherapy treatments may include: book online..