Home remedies for cervical spondylosis
Have you been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis? If so, you may be wondering about the home remedies you can try in order to manage your symptoms. Cervical spondylosis is an umbrella term used to describe any degeneration of the soft tissues or discs in the spine. This condition, often due to poor posture and extended periods of sitting at a desk, is one of the most common spine problems to affect adults. What’s more, the natural aging process is also responsible for the gradual breakdown of the joints, muscles and bones in the spine, resulting in weakened spinal discs that can cause conditions such as a bulging disc or compressed nerve in the neck.
Some of the most common symptoms that result from spondylosis include pain and stiffness in the neck, muscle weakness, tingling or numbness in the shoulders, arms and hands and loss of coordination. While these symptoms are certainly not pleasant, surgery or extensive outpatient treatment is not always necessary to live comfortably with this condition.
Here are a few home remedies to try to help alleviate your spondylosis symptoms:
- Low-impact exercise. A lack of exercise and movement can cause the muscles around the spine to become stiff and weakened. Regularly walking, swimming or other forms of low-impact exercise can aid in the strengthening of the neck and back muscles and provide support for the cervical spine. Before beginning any exercise regimen, first consult with your doctor.
- Wear a neck brace. If the pain in your cervical spine is chronic and aggravated by even small movements, wearing a neck brace can provide support to the affected area and prevent further damage.
- Hot and cold therapy. Alternating between hot and cold compresses can help to reduce inflammation and swelling as well as relax the muscles in your neck and improve your blood circulation.
- Home massages. Regularly massaging the affected area of your neck can help loosen up stiff muscles and make it easier and more comfortable to move your neck.
Many people with spondylosis will find relief through the use of conservative treatment methods such as those above and others that your doctor can recommend. However, if after weeks or months you have not found adequate pain relief, surgery may be something to consider to alleviate your symptoms.
Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgeries to treat spondylosis and other common spine conditions. Our outpatient procedures are often clinically appropriate and provide many advantages versus open neck or back surgery, such as less scarring and shorter recovery times.^
To learn more about our outpatient surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can provide you with a free MRI review* that will help determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.