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What are the treatments for cervical osteoarthritis (cervical spondylosis)?

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This condition happens when your discs and other cartilage slowly break down, usually because of age. Treatments are usually conservative since it gets better with rest. Other options include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other medication to treat pain and inflammation
  • Chiropractic manipulation that can help to control episodes of more severe pain
  • Cervical collar to limit movement and give support
  • Heat and cold therapy, traction, physical therapy, or exercise
  • Corticosteroids and a local anesthetic injections into or around the joints of the spine ( epidural steroid injection or cervical facet joint injection)

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cervical Spondylosis."

North American Spine Society: "Cervical Stenosis & Myelopathy."

NHS Choices: "Causes of Cervical Spondylosis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cervical Spondylosis."

North American Spine Society: "Cervical Stenosis & Myelopathy."

NHS Choices: "Causes of Cervical Spondylosis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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