Cervical Spondylosis: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • As Cervical Spondylosis is part of the normal ageing process, there is not much that can be done to prevent it. However, taking regular exercise and limiting activities that place pressure on the head, neck, and shoulders can help to prevent some of the symptoms.
  • Lowering the risk of neck injury by using the correct equipment and techniques when playing sports, may reduce the risk of developing Cervical Spondylosis.
  • Good posture whilst standing, sitting, working at the computer, driving and sleeping will also help to prevent damage to the spine.
  • Things to avoid when you have Cervical Spondylosis
  1. Running 
  2. Watching television for longer times
  3. Stitching & embroidery
  4. Working on computer for longer hours
  5. Sitting stiffly 
  6. Driving frequently
  • Good posture at work and Regular exercise helps in preventing cervical spondylosis

Watch Out

  • Inability to hold in faces (faecal incontinence) or urine (urinary incontinence)
  • Loss of muscle function or feeling
  • Permanent disability (occasionally)
  • Poor balance

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if
  • You have a severe neck pain.
  • You feel numbness or tingling sensation in shoulders and arms.
  • You develop new symptoms (such as loss of movement or feeling in an area of the body).
  • You lose control of your bladder or bowels (call right away).

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