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Cervical Spondylosis - FAQs

Last Updated on Feb 18, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Cervical Spondylosis?

Cervical Spondylosis is a degenerative disease affecting the joints of the cervical vertebrae (Bones of the back of neck) with deposition of minerals in the discs (cushions) , which is present in between the vertebral bones.

2. Which doctor should I see for cervical spondylosis?

You can see an orthopedic doctor or a general physician.

3. What are the kinds of occupation which induces cervical spondylosis?
  • Typist
  • Computer operators
  • Drivers of vehicles
  • Coal miners
  • Occupations involving carrying and lifting heavy weights on their heads, for example, building construction workers.

4. How does a person's life style cause cervical spondylosis?

Activities like reading and writing for prolonged period demands a continuous muscle and ligaments tension and can result in neck strain. Some of the activities that cause gradual strain of the structures of the neck leading to neck pain and stiffness include-
  • Habit of holding the telephone on one shoulder and leaning at it for long time.
  • Sitting or standing still for long period.
  • Use of poorly designed desks and chairs can cause abnormal stress to the neck.
  • Driving continuously for long hours.
  • Sleeping in awkward position and with many pillows below the neck and shoulder.

5. Suggest a home based simple posture exercise?

Stand in front of the mirror with your back touching the walls. Try to push the wall with your back and neck. This exercise will correct your posture.

6. What are the doís and doníts for a person with cervical spondylosis?

  • Avoid bad roads
  • Use firm collars while traveling
  • Exercise regularly
  • Do use firm mattress, thin pillow or butterfly shaped pillow
  • Do turn to one side while getting up from lying down

  • Do not sit for prolonged period of time in stressful postures
  • Do not lift heavy weights on head or back
  • Do not turn from your body but turn your body moving your feet first
  • Do not lie flat on your stomach.

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I have coped with pain from multilevel degenerative cervical spondylosis for 10 years and now it has become more constant and much more nagging. There are periods when pain isn't as sever but it is constantly present. This makes it difficult to concentrate and focus on anything else and do normal things in life. I am very depressed over this and do not know what to do. I sought counselling, but it is not helping because I can not detach my mind from the pain in the back. Has anybody else had same experience and how have overcome this.


dear sir,,for the past 2 months i under go the treatment for cervical spondylosis. now i feel that i got paining in the legs for the past 10 days .. and doctor said that i have to go for a surgery but i under go heart surgery in the year july 2012...sir can u suggest me the best option


which type of diet must be given and must be restricted for cervical spondylitis ?


I Lova Raju i am suffering with cervical spine as per MRI report small osteophytes noted over C5 and C6 vertebral bodies diffuse annular bulging and postero-central protresion of C5/C6 interverterbral disc causing compression on cord and bilateral neural foramina. diffuse annular bulging and right posterior para central protrusion of C3/C4 and C4/C5 intervetbral discs causing diffuse compression on cord. diffuse annular bulging of C6/C7 intervetbral discs causing compression on cord and neural foramen. Please suggest me a better solution.


Is cervical spondylosis curable completly or what level we can recover. plz reply

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