Cervical Spondylosis – How can Physiotherapy help?

Cervical Spondylosis – How can Physiotherapy help?

Cervical Spondylosis occurs due to the overuse or deterioration of the vertebrae, discs and ligaments in the neck or cervical spine. It is an age related disorder affecting the joints of the neck, also known as Arthritis of the neck. The affected area i.e. the cervical spine is the seven small vertebrae that form the neck starting from the skull base. In most of the cases, this disorder is caused due to age, but there are several other factors like smoking, long-term activities or genetic factors that might lead to Cervical Spondylosis.

Symptoms –

Mostly, people suffering from this disorder experience just a pain in the neck, stiffness or occasional headaches. While stiffness and severe chronic pain are the most common symptoms, in some cases people do not get affected with this and can continue with their normal day to day activities.

This neck pain may even spread further to the shoulders, arms, hands and base of the skull. Moreover, movement in the head can make the pain worse. Neck stiffness is common after a person’s long period of inactivity for instance, sleeping. Whereas, the headaches are inclined to begin at the back of the head and then move to the upper half of the front. In worst conditions, these changes can lead to compression of the blood vessels which as a result, affects the supply of the blood to the brain. As a result, the person might feel dizziness or sometimes even blackouts. Subsequently, some minor symptoms are weakness in the arms and legs or difficulty in swallowing food.

Diagnosis and Treatment –

A person above 40 years of age, seeking medical advice for pain or stiffness in the neck, is generally suspected to have Cervical Spondylosis. The physicians may prescribe the following tests for its diagnosis.

  • Physical Examination (checking the motion flexibility of head)
  • Imaging Scans like MRI, Myelogram, CT Scan, EMG (to check damage to the spine, if any)

There is no way to prevent or cure this disorder since it may even be symptomless, at times. However, there are ways in which a person can control the symptoms. Muscle relaxants are useful to relax the tightened muscles. Antidepressants can also help to relieve the pain which has not been able to lessen with other treatments. Furthermore, a steroid injection is useful to cure a very severe pain. However, some patients whose pain keeps getting worse may be prescribed for a surgery. As a result, the patients prefer to go for Physiotherapy for Cervical Spondylosis.

manual therapies using while Physiotherapy for Cervical Spondylosis

Physiotherapy for Cervical Spondylosis

As mentioned earlier, there is no cure for this disorder but its symptoms can be treated with Physiotherapy for Cervical Spondylosis. A person suffering with a chronic pain in the neck, shoulder or arms can get relief from a Physiotherapist who will help strengthen your neck and vertebrae. Thus, improving your posture and preventing reoccurrence of the pain.

Firstly, a Physiotherapist will analyse the patient’s condition, check the reflexes and strength of the muscles. After proper evaluation, the therapist will start with their physical therapies for instance, stretching exercises, neck traction and cervical pillows and collars.

1. Stretching exercises for strengthening

These exercise will begin with the Physiotherapist applying cold or heat to the affected area. Proceeding to a deep tissue massage or electric stimulation to relax the muscles before the procedure begins. The exercises are performed to increase the muscles strength in the neck. This will aid help in improving the movement range as well as posture.

2. Neck Traction

Neck Traction is used to stretch the spinal vertebrae and muscles to relieve the pressure and pain. It involves pulling your head to stretch out the spine which will as a result help open the spaces between the vertebras gently to ease the pressure on the distressed discs. The Physiotherapist will help you perform this correctly and continuously with short rest periods. However, there are neck traction devices also available in the market.  

3. Cervical Collars and Pillows

These are designed to provide support to the neck. The cervical collars, also known as neck braces has proved to be quite effective to ease the pressure and provide relief. Similarly, the cervical pillows or neck pillows are made to keep the neck steady during inactivity like sleeping. However, the Physiotherapist will suggest these If needed.


Due to the effective results with Physiotherapy for Cervical Spondylosis, physicians refer such patients to Physiotherapists. There are a lot of clinics providing Physiotherapy. Indo Global Physiotherapy is one of the best clinics in Gurgaon which provides effective treatments by experienced and trained Physiotherapists. Each of them are certified and highly-qualified to provide best possible treatments. Moreover, we also provide additional therapies to accelerate the response to the treatments. In addition to this, we offer in-home sessions also. Likewise, for some patients who are not comfortable in traveling all the way down in pain, can simply book a Physiotherapy session at home.

Meanwhile get undivided attention and individualised care by the best Physiotherapists in Delhi NCR. Visit our website www.indoglobalphysiotherapy.com for more information or contact at 0124-4197463 or 9711631785 to book an appointment!