What Are The Ways To Prevent Cervical Spondylosis & Does It Reoccur?

Spondylosis is age-related degeneration of the bones and discs of the cervical spine. It causes swelling and inflammation of the vertebrae. The normal anatomy of the spine is divided into cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. The initial two vertebrae of the cervical spine are dedicated to allowing for neck movement.

When the muscles, ligaments, and joints degenerate they lose their ability to provide movements in all the directions, and the body face complications in maintaining positions.

What Are The Ways To Prevent Cervical Spondylosis?

There is no certain method to prevent cervical spondylosis however lifestyle modifications may slow down the progression of the condition. Some of the common symptoms of cervical spondylosis include neck stiffness, pain, and reduced activities in the neck movement.

Cervical spondylosis also affects nerve root types causing numbness, chronic chest tightness, and pain, and sleepless nights. These symptoms can be controlled through specific means through preventive measures.

Posture- Most cases of neck pain occurs as a result of bad postures. During such instances, recognizing and understanding the problem can help you in preventing the cause and provide relief for your neck pain. When you refer to good posture, it is usually when you sit erect and your ears are positioned above the shoulders with chest wide open. This posture can minimize the stress on your neck because your head is balanced with your cervical spine. However, when you stress the muscles, it causes hyperflexion and it becomes overloaded. This eventually produces painful strains and spasms. The longer the posture is continued the higher the risk and other complications. 1, 2

Regular Stretching And Strengthening Exercises- Strengthening and flexibility exercises such as press-ups, wall sit, chin tucks, rolling your shoulders, and stretching your hip can help strengthen the muscles and manage symptoms of cervical spondylosis. Core stabilization exercises improve joint lubrication and help relieve stiffness and pain.

Diet- In recent times, the specialized diet has gained popularity among arthritis patients. Research shows that a healthy diet can substantially control symptoms. Food and diet play a crucial role in managing most diseases. Fruits & Vegetables, whole grains, diet supplements, omega 3 fatty acids are effective against inflammation. Eat a variety of healthy foods that has anti-inflammatory properties, minimize processed foods, incorporate plenty of fluids to your diet and most importantly avoid food or alcohol that interact with your medications.

Stress- Stress management is vital for every individual it is very important for spondylosis patients. Studies demonstrate that stress primarily affects the spine and makes your condition worse. Stress can be prevented by having a positive attitude, reduce anxiety, and indulge yourself with yoga and meditation.3, 4

Does Cervical Spondylosis Recur?

Cervical radiculopathy generally resolves without mediation. The viewpoint for nearly all instances of cervical spondylosis is usually great. When symptoms don’t resolve on its own, your healthcare provider may suggest for medication which can help ease symptoms within a few weeks. However, certain symptoms can recur later. Chronic conditions of cervical spondylosis may result in long-term and persistent neck pain.

A survey was conducted on several adult patients, the survey demonstrated that 18% of cases still complained of neck pain even after one year. This proved that symptoms could recur when the pain is chronic. Most of the outcomes were unpredictable for chronic conditions and the prognosis may vary from person to person.

The recurrence also depends on the underlying condition. Physical therapy can be good for managing or preventing the recurrence of neck pain.5

References:

  1. Highsmith, Jason M. “Spondylosis Prevention and Relief.” SpineUniverse, www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/spondylosis/spondylosis-prevention-relief             
  2. The Self-Prevention of Cervical Spondylosis, www.ift.edu.mo/EN/self-prevention-of-cervical-spondylosis/Home/Index/933  
  3. Harvard Health Publishing. “Relief Dos and Dont’s for That Nagging Neck Pain.” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/pain/relief-dos-and-donts-for-that-nagging-neck-pain            
  4. Parekh, Dr.Pinky. “How to Prevent Spondylitis of Neck and Back?” Practo, Practo, 27 Dec. 1970, www.practo.com/healthfeed/how-to-prevent-spondylitis-of-neck-and-back-31064/post           
  5. Staff, Healthgrades Editorial. “What Is Cervical Spondylosis?” Healthgrades, Healthgrades, 19 Feb. 2020, www.healthgrades.com/right-care/spine-conditions/cervical-spondylosis

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