Cervical Spondylosis: Simple tips to deal with a painful condition

Cervical spondylosis is a medical condition where the vertebrae, discs, and ligaments in the neck or spine deteriorate leading in pains and swollen joints. Cervical spondylosis is also an aging phenomenon when the intervertebral discs go weaker and lead to bulging discs. As per medical reports, almost 85% of people over the age of 60 years live with Cervical spondylosis. The symptoms of Cervical spondylosis include weakness and pain and in some cases when the disc press on a nerve it can lead to loss of consciousness and difficulty in mobility. Here are a few simple tips to reduce the symptoms of Cervical spondylosis. Make a note -

  1. Keep a constant check on body posture. Make sure to keep your neck in a neutral position and not strain your neck. Keep your head balanced directly over your spine and not leaning to the left or right.

  2. Set your desktop screen to your eye level and your feet should be well supported on the floor. Keep your shoulders straight and back in a relaxed position and make sure you keep giving yourself posture checks every hour until it becomes your habit.

  3. Make sure to not rotate your neck. This might just lead to grinding your bones together. Keep your neck straight and occasional tilt your neck left and right gently. Keep your stress levels low, since the stress can lead to the perception of pain and make the whole ordeal even worse.

  4. Do not talk on the phone with a tilted head or leaning your head to one side to avoid pain. This helps in reducing strain on the neck muscles.

  5. One may also tend to do Neck Stretch - Keep your body straight, push your chin forward and softly tense your neck muscles in a way, hold for 5 seconds and slowly resume your position.

In case there is a perpetual pain the neck and the back, make sure to seek professional help if the pain stays for more than two weeks. A professional will help you with Xrays and chalk out an exercise regime as per your schedule and help you strengthen your neck, shoulders, and back. Other instant pain relievers, muscle relaxants, anti-epileptic drugs, and prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs might help you. Last but not least make sure to keep your body posture correct at all times. Stay fit and eat healthily!

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