Cervical Spondylosis Treatment
For such a widespread condition, there is a lot of misleading and incorrect information regarding cervical spondylosis, not just in dealing with the causes but also when it comes to successful cervical spondylosis treatment. Many people are told there is simply no treatment for the condition, or are prescribed with treatment that has no long-term or even mid-term effects on either the condition or the patient. Some of the treatments may even have a detrimental effect. There is hope however. Whatever you have read or been told, there is a way to successfully treat cervical spondylosis.
As well as explaining the truth and facts behind this often debilitating condition, this article will deal with cervical spondylosis treatment, and specifically cervical spondylosis treatment in Singapore.
So what is cervical spondylosis, what does traditional cervical spondylosis treatment entail, why does it not work, and what is the alternative, so you can lead a normal, healthy and pain free life?
What is Cervical Spondylosis?
Put simply, cervical spondylosis is the degeneration in the bones and discs in the neck. The bone in the vertebrae then tries to repair itself, but overgrows, resulting in spurs – abnormal growths of bone protruding from the spinal column. This then causes a narrowing of the spinal canal resulting in the characteristic symptoms.
Cervical Spondylosis Symptoms
The symptoms of cervical spondylosis differ from person to person, as does the severity of the symptoms. Common ones include:
- Stiff neck that can progressively become worse over time and may be severe. In extreme cases sufferers are unable to turn or even move their heads
- Headaches in both the front and back of the head, that sometimes can be mistaken for migraines
- Tingling or numbness in the shoulders, arms and/or a crawling sensation in the fingers
- Loss of balance
Traditional Cervical Spondylosis Treatment
Depending on your doctor, the severity of your symptoms and even your age, the type of cervical spondylosis treatment you are offered will differ, but will very likely fall into one or a combination of these categories:
This is the most common cervical spondylosis treatment in Singapore and elsewhere. Typically, patients are given non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, diclofenac or naproxen. If the pain is particularly severe then these can be combined with mild opiates such as codeine. Receiving pain relief may be seen as a good thing, but it does nothing to reduce the cause or other effects of cervical spondylosis. By numbing the pain, the sufferer could also continue to cause further damage to the affected areas, resulting in further loss of mobility and pain.
A neck brace or collar can give temporary relief from some symptoms, but they should not be worn for long periods of time, as they weaken the muscles of the neck, which can exacerbate the problems that cause cervical spondylosis in the first place.
Traction, the technique of using weights to in effect stretch the neck and increase the space between the discs, is often prescribed as a cervical spondylosis treatment. Because it relieves the pressure on the spinal cord this method does give relief from the pain associated with the condition. However, it does not result in any long term changes to the structure of the neck, and therefore shortly after the treatment has finished the symptoms will return the same as before.
Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS)
This is becoming a more popular form of cervical spondylosis treatment, despite no one knowing exactly how or why it works. The technique delivers electrical stimulation to the affected area through electrodes located in patches that are placed on the skin. It is thought that they block, override or otherwise interfere with the pain signals going to the brain, resulting in pain relief. Some patients also find an increase in blood circulation. Like other forms of pain relief, though it may result in temporary relief from the pain associated with cervical spondylosis, it does no more than that.
The one thing that all of these traditional cervical spondylosis treatments have in common is that they are tackling the symptoms, not the underlying problem and cause. This means that though the patient may well experience temporary relief, once the treatment is over they are back to square one – in pain with a condition that is getting progressively worse.
This is because the structure and the curvature of the spine – the very thing that causes cervical spondylosis – is exactly the same at the end of the treatment as it is at the beginning.
There is an alternative however.
Cervical Spondylosis Treatment in Singapore that Works
For over a decade, the Precision Spine Clinic in Singapore has been helping and treating people with all kinds of neck pain and neck complaints. Patients not just from Singapore, but from all round the world come specifically to the clinic to undergo the ground breaking treatment – the only clinic to carry out such treatment, outside of the United States. These techniques have been proved again and again to successfully, measurably and often dramatically treat not just the symptoms of cervical spondylosis, but crucially the causes as well.
The specialised technique and equipment works by actually correcting the curves of your body, thus eliminating the issues that cause the pain and associated symptoms. This change in the curvature of the spine is more than simply the adjustment that many people experience after seeing a chiropractor. This is an actual change - or correction that is easily demonstrated with x-rays, and one that allows your body to heal and regain its proper and natural function. This results in the reduction/elimination of the symptoms of cervical spondylosis, and the root cause, meaning you can go on to live a normal and most importantly, a pain free life.
If you have been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis, believe you may have it, or simply want to talk to someone about it, then visit us at our newly refurbished state of the art clinic on Orchard Road, Singapore. Living with cervical spondylosis doesn’t mean an end to life as you know it. We have helped hundreds of people lead a normal, pain free life, let us help you to do the same.
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