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How Can I Treat Cervical Spondylosis
Exercise: Cervical spondylosis is the fancy term for arthritis of the neck vertebrae. The best treatment for those arthritic changes is flexibility exercises and maintenance of range of motion. Use spineuniverse.Com for cervical spine exercises. As usual and with all condtions, no smoking, keep weight down to recommended level, and maintain good physical health. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cervical (Neck) Spondylosis (Definition)
A condition involving changes to the bones, discs, and joints of the neck. These changes are caused by the normal wear-and-tear of aging. With age, the discs of the cervical spine gradually break down, lose fluid, and become stiffer. ...Read more
Spinal cord pinching: Myelopathy means abnormality of spinal cord, and cervical spondylosis implies progressive deterioration of the neck vertebrae. Therefore, body changes eventually compress the cord in the neck. Mri films can demonstrate the compression. Treatment may require surgical decompression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check an X-Ray: At 42 years old you are likely to have some degenerative changes of the spine. If you need to confirm this a simple x-ray of the neck is the easiest way. It is generally treated initially with stretching and strengthening exercises. Maintaining good fitness, not smoking and good ergonomics will help slow progression. ...Read more
You can't: The size of the canal is inherited. The secondary degenerative leading to further narrowing is also linked to genetics. You may be able to reduce this by healthy living (regular exercise, no tobacco use, etc), but overall you have little influence on this condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be seen: The definition of discitis is an infection of the disc not just inflammation. You need to be seen by your physician for this. You can also see an acupuncturist/chinese medicine practitioner because that will help relieve pain and chinese herbs can augment what your regular physician suggests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on your: Level of symptoms. Generally, simple stretching and range of motion exercises especially in a hot shower can help. Isometric exercises as well as postural adjustments can be beneficial otc meds can help if no contraindications to their use. Smoking cessation is important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Sometimes they are not the cause of a pain as they can be found in people who have no spine problems. For those that it does, most just get better with time. Additional help can be through: activity modification, guided exercise , medication, epidural steroid injections, and if all fails, surgery. Being a smoker, obese and not an exerciser but you at a higher risk of failing treatment. ...Read more
Thorough evaluation: Assuming you are referring to a herniated disc, start with your primary care physician to begin work up, order appropriate studies, and decide if you need a referral to a spine specialist (ortho or neuro spine surgeon). Not every disc herniation needs surgery - usually a last resort. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It does not cure: it, it is however one of the conservative management treatments that help get one asymptomatic when cervical spondylosis becomes symptomatic. By stabilizing the muscles of the neck minimzes stresses across your neck joints, and help stabilize the joints. Stress across spondylotic joints can induce inflammation and then pain. Remember everyone will spondylosis, it is like having skin wrinkles. ...Read more
Lordosis is normal: Some degree of lumbar lordosis is normal. Excessive lumbar lordosis can be the result of anterior pelvic tilt which can be due to tight hamstrings. "lordosing" sports such as line in football and gymnastics can be associated with spondylolysis and spondylilithesis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spine injury: After the patient has been evaluated by a neurosurgeon to ensure there is no instability or spinal cord compression that would require surgery, the patient will often receive neck exercises to do at home that reduce pain, muscle spasm and increase range of motion. Moist warm heat and ice may be used in conjunction with the exercises. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Through sex mostly: The human papilloma virus, or hpv, is spread by sexual intercourse and increases the risk of cervical, anal and penile cancers. This is why the hpv vaccine lowers the risk of cervical cancer and is recommended (for complete preventive recommendations, see the my health checklist iphone app). Smoking is the only consistent nonsexual risk factor, according to the us preventive services task force. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only if: Only if scoliosis is flexible & due to another reason that is forcing the spine to bend, ie spasm being generated by another issue like a kidney stone. If it is a type of scoliosis known as congenital or idiopathic, the answer is surgery if indicated but curve may not be fully corrected & does not need to be usually. Bracing for idiopathic scoliosis during growth may control curve progression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Manage: Generally you can manage arthritis rather than "cure" it. If it is isolated to a joint & severe enough, a joint replacement could cure it if that joint is replacable. Some joints can also be fused. If it is a generalized problem you first need to identify what the arthritis is: rheumatoid, osteoarthritis etc. If osteoarthritis, weight control, smoking cessation &exercise are important ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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