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Got Cervical Spondylitis: What Should You Do Now?

Got Cervical Spondylitis

Neck pain, stiffness, headaches: Do these sound familiar?

If you have a job with prolonged screen time and poor posture, you develop back and neck pain in the long run. Many office-goers with sedentary lives and desk-bound jobs slouch while sitting. This results in the development of cervical spondylitis pain.

Almost 80% of people complain about the symptoms of neck spondylitis. However, early diagnosis and advanced physiotherapy treatment are essential for spondylitis neck pain relief. 

In the following, you will get an idea of what cervical spondylitis is and when you should go for a diagnosis. Most important, you get to learn about activities you should and shouldn’t be doing. 

Let’s dive deeper, 

What is cervical spondylitis?

Cervical spondylitis is a degenerative condition of the cervical spine that is mostly caused by wear and tear of the spinal disc.

Previously, medical experts thought that it was mostly caused by advancing years. However, due to our sedentary and inactive lifestyle, there has been an increase in cervical neck pain among the young population.

Apart from the aging factor, there are multiple causes for such early cervical neck pain.

Some of the common causes are

  • Sedentary jobs
  • Neck injury
  • Poor posture
  • Smoking 
  • Genetics 

Well, at first, the symptoms of cervical spondylitis are not noticeable. However, someone may initially experience neck stiffness and pain. The pain varies from mild to severe, especially while holding the neck in the same position for longer. This causes difficulty in driving, reading, or other activities of daily living. 

So, how do you figure out if you have cervical spondylitis?

We have compiled a list of Cervical spondylitis symptoms so that you can be aware and seek an early diagnosis.

Symptoms of Cervical Spondylitis:

  • Loss of balance in legs and hands
  • Numbness in arms, hands, and fingers
  • Making a creaking sound while making neck movements
  • Headaches
  • Impaired bowel movements
  • Spinal compression causes pain in the arms, shoulders, and head.
  • Pain and stiffness in the lower back
  • Muscle spasm 

So, what do you do if you get Cervical spondylitis?

We cannot avoid our jobs and get into an active lifestyle. But making small changes can help us retain our health. However, if you have Cervical spondylitis, then the pain can be managed to some extent. 

Tips to Manage Cervical Spondylitis Pain

Activities You Should Do:

  • Stretching exercises to maintain neck strength and flexibility
  • Yoga exercises to prevent back pain
  • Use a neck massager to lose stiffness in the neck muscles
  • Consume high-a fiber Omega3 fatty acids 
  • Use a neck belt
  • Engage in easy aerobic exercises
  • Take rest and medication, as directed by the physician
  • Use firm mattresses and pillow
  • Proper workstation, set your screen at eye level
  • Move your next upwards, downwards, or sideways to relieve strain and pressure
  • Keep phones closer to eye level to avoid neck strain
  • Take a break if you have prolonged sitting hours

Activities You Should Avoid

  • Avoid spinal manipulation if you are experiencing a sharp pain 
  • Don’t practice yoga under no guidance
  • If you’re experiencing pain while exercising, stop immediately
  • If you have acute numbness in your neck, hands, and arms, avoid exercising
  • No massages, if you are experiencing back and neck pain
  • Avoid lying on your stomach
  • Turn your feet slowly, instead of twisting your neck and shoulders
  • Don’t travel on bad roads, i.e, having a lots of potholes
  • Please don’t wear a cervical collar for longer periods of time
  • Avoid leaning on one side of your shoulder for long hours
  • Don’t bend your head too low for long hours or more than 10 minutes
  • Avoid strenuous cervical workouts 

Tips: Postures To Avoid

  • Bending or keeping your head down and forward for prolonged hours
  • Keeping the shoulders up and forward
  • Drooping shoulders
  • Don’t bend your back forward
  • No slouching on chairs

Following the above tips, along with medication, will help you manage spondylitis neck pain.

Is There Any Permanent Treatment for Cervical Spondylitis?

Cervical spondylitis symptoms can be managed under an expert’s guidance.

With the advanced physiotherapy treatment, the therapist teaches some muscle-strengthening exercises for spondylitis neck pain relief. 

At Bonestrong Physiotherapy in Gurgaon, the physiotherapists diagnose your cervical pain, before recommending the advanced physiotherapy treatment. There is a complete set of examinations to test the movements of your neck, arms, shoulders, and legs.

The tests include:

  • Checking the strength of arms and hands
  • Determining the flexibility of the neck and arms
  • Controlling reflexes
  • Walking posture
  • Checking sensation 

Following the test, the physiotherapists offer a diagnosis to get a better understanding of the cervical spondylitis pain areas. The diagnostic methods include X-rays, CT scans, Electromyography, MRI, and so on. The diagnosis helps in determining the proper level of care. 

Mild cases of cervical pain are easy to cure. In such a case, cervical spondylitis treatment involves physical therapy, where the experts offer exercises to reduce muscle stiffness. The therapist recommends improving joint lubrication and movement, restoring muscle strength, and maintaining joint position. 

If you are struggling with Cervical spondylitis symptoms, contact the experts at Bonestrong Physiotherapy for advanced physiotherapy treatment in Gurgaon. Our experts properly diagnose and offer customized physiotherapy treatment to help you reduce your cervical pain for a longer duration. 

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