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How Long Will It Take To Recover From Cervical Spondylosis & How Long Does The Symptoms Last?

There are several causes of neck pain however the most common contributing factor is old age. When you are diagnosed with this condition, your healthcare provider will recommend you to a physical therapist. They can provide a specific design program that targets spasm and chronic muscle tension.

These techniques help you ease your pain and make your neck movement better. A statistical study shows that cervical spondylosis is noticed in more than 90% of patients who are 60 and older.

How Long Will It Take To Recover From Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis does not constantly trigger symptoms. In most cases, the condition is asymptomatic, however, some patients can experience pain in the neck and spinal region. There is no recovery from spondylosis, but the best bet is to prevent the condition and taking care of your neck if the pain recurs again.

The prevention and long-term care of the neck involve adapting correct postures, make changes in your way you do your work or hobbies with sufficient rest. Lifestyle modifications provide a chance to heal your body and recover from persistent pain and muscle stiffness.

However, repeated activities will not allow the body to get better and recover. Doctors and their patients are more and more using unconventional techniques, such as relaxation procedures and acupuncture, used in conjunction with traditional medication.1,2

The recovery will take several days to several weeks after surgery. You may expect mild to moderate pain and swelling, so doctors would recommend compression stocking and a few stretching exercises. Even though you will be able to resume most of your activities after replacement surgery or injury, but you might be required to change the way you do your routines. For instance, you should not wear pants while standing, avoid work that requires too much bending. These procedures should be followed to make recovery faster and to resume your daily activities safer.

When it comes to sexual activity, it is advisable to check with your doctor how soon you can resume. This depends on your condition. For the most severe cases of cervical spondylosis, the recovery time could be a lengthy period.3

How Long Do The Cervical Spondylosis Symptoms Last?

Nearly 60-80% of the patients are affected by lower back problems during some point in their lifetime. Although most people have only mild symptoms and it subsides within weeks, however for certain people, the condition becomes persisting and it impacts the quality of life.

Symptoms are most severe in the morning when you wake up from the bed and after periods of inactivity. It often causes stiffness and pain in the neck typically in the aged people. When symptoms recur continuously, talk to your doctor and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Despite the increased incidence of low back pain within the common people, the analytical methodology and corrective alternatives are varied and often conflicting. This eventually leads to increased expenses and variation in the management of symptoms.

A recent study has shown that chronic low back pain, described as distress symptoms continuing for more than 3 months, influences approximately 10–50% of the population. Symptoms gradually worsen over time in the worst cases and should be treated properly. The condition left untreated can result in a decreased range of motion and severe inflammations.4, 5


  1. “Cervical Spondylosis (Arthritis of the Neck) – OrthoInfo – AAOS.” OrthoInfo, orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/cervical-spondylosis-arthritis-of-the-neck/  
  2. “Cervical Spondylosis Management and Treatment.” Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17685-cervical-spondylosis/management-and-treatment           
  3. “Surgery for Cervical Myelopathy: What to Expect at Home.” MyHealth.Alberta.ca Government of Alberta Personal Health Portal, myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=tw12648              
  4. Middleton, Kimberley, and David E Fish. “Lumbar Spondylosis: Clinical Presentation and Treatment Approaches.” Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Humana Press Inc, June 2009, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2697338/        
  5. Zelman, David. “Cervical Osteoarthritis (Spondylosis): Symptoms, Treatments, & More.” WebMD, WebMD, 5 May 2018, www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/cervical-osteoarthritis-cervical-spondylosis#1

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Last Modified On:May 17, 2020

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