Last Updated on Feb 18, 2016

How can Cervical Spondylosis be Treated?


Analgesics and muscle relaxants are advised. In more severe cases the orthopedic doctor may suggest cortisone injections near the joints of the vertebral bodies to ease the swelling of the nerves and relieve pain.


The goal of physiotherapy treatment is to relieve pain and enhance movements of the neck.

Other Conservative Methods

  • Shortwave Diathermy- A disc or heating pad is placed over the back of the neck. The warmth obtained from the shortwave diathermy current relaxes the muscle and the pain is relieved.
  • Cervical Traction- Traction is a mechanical device, which supports the head and chin. It is used to relieve the nerve compression by a bone.
  • Posture correction - Simple postural exercises can be taught to correct the faulty position of the neck. Motivation is given to maintain the erect posture.
  • Use of collars- Two types of collars can be prescribed- soft collar is used during night times to prevent awkward position of the neck during sleep. Firm collar steadies the neck and relieves pain, especially during traveling or work. It is removed when the pain subsides.

Surgical Treatment

If the medical treatment and physiotherapy fails, and the condition is severe, where the nerves are affected, surgery may be required. Decompression of the nerve is done to relieve the nerve which is compressed by the bones and the disc.


Relaxation is essential part of treatment. Tension in neck and shoulder muscle, pain and anxiety are all relieved by relaxation.


csrehman Sunday, July 8, 2018

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.

srikanth544 Sunday, February 9, 2014

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

samvedna.pathak Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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

lovashyam1166 Thursday, October 17, 2013

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.

jamal_khan Saturday, October 5, 2013

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

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