Cervical Spondylosis, Myths and Facts

Cervical Spondylosis- occurs due to normal wear and tear with ageing while Cervical Spondylitis occurs due to inflammation in vertebral joints.


Myths and facts

– Neck exercises are advised in the case of cervical Spondylitis, however doing it for longer hours cause micro trauma in vertebra column, and nerve roots and leads to permanent damage.

– Cervical collars are advisable in case of cervical Spondylitis and in case of acute cervical pain. Collars are helpful in acute pain situations although if used prolonged it causes cervical muscle weakening. It is also advisable to use collars for shorter durations.

– Uses of no pillow or thin pillows are also a myth among public. While use of moderate to high thickness pillows will provide much help by keeping neck in flexed position. It is very common myth among general public to not use pillow in case of cervical Spondylitis though it depends on person’s sleeping habits. If one sleeps on sides then it is very much advisable to use thick pillow to reduce the gap between head and bedding. While if one sleeps straight then thin pillow is usable.

– Use of hard bed or sleeping on floor is also an example of another myth public has. While bed should be comfortable to sleep.

– One major myth with cervical Spondylitis is attached with cervical Spondylitis symptoms. It a very common thinking among public is that neck pain is a cervical Spondylitis symptom while it may be occurs due to other problems like neck injury or any infection.

– In case of a X-RAY report if there is any changes in cervical region that doesn’t necessarily mean a case of cervical Spondylitis or a symptom of cervical Spondylitis. It could happen with a normal person.

– Giddiness is also another myth people having in their mind that it causes due to cervical Spondylitis while it may happen due to any other disease. A physician or neurologist’s consultation is much required.

– Cervical traction if given in sitting position again causes more harm than to good thus it is advisable to give cervical traction in supine position with a pillow below patient’s head.


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