A member asked:

What are the current treatment options for chronic pain from osteoarthritis in cervical spine with decreased range of motion in neck ?

6 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Sanjay Kumar answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

I hope there was a good answer, but there is none. Analgesics will help, but may not be adequate. Nsaids long-term are in-advisable due to adverse effects. Cox-2 inhibitors are better but expensive and not good for heart or kidney patients. Steroids may be injected by a spine surgeon. Surgery is also available. Opioids cause dependence.

Answered Dec 9, 2013


Dr. Christopher Coller answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

There are various topicals or compounded creams that help with pain and inflammation. There are many oral meds: tylenol, (acetaminophen) weak to strong nsaids, special nsaids like celebrex, steroids, opiate pain relievers, mood medicines like cymbalta. Some supplements might help: quercetin, turmeric, msm, glucosamine chondroitin. Also, injectable steroids or prolotherapy. Physical therapy can help too.

Answered Mar 4, 2014


Dr. Stuart Wasser answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

As per dr kumars answer but also consider gabapentin/pregabalin , Cymbalta (duloxetine) or similarly working agents.

Answered Oct 3, 2016



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