This a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back.
The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of your neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for your head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.
Neck pain may also arise from many other physical and emotional health problems What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis ? (in brief)
• Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. You may have a flare up of symptoms if you over-use your neck, or if you sprain a neck muscle or ligament. Symptoms include:
• Pain in the neck. This may spread to the base of the skull and shoulders. Movement of the neck may make the pain worse. The pain sometimes spreads down an arm to a hand or fingers. This is caused by irritation of a nerve which goes to the arm from the spinal cord in the neck.
• Some neck stiffness, particularly after a night's rest.
• Headaches from time to time. The headaches often start at the back of the head just above the neck and travel over the top to the forehead.
• Numbness, pins and needles or weakness may occur in part of the arm or hand.
Continual severe pain which may spread to both side of shoulders, collar bone, head-side and backside of neck; pain may occur in both the arms and fingers; acute or chronic stiffness that may lead to restricted movements; giddiness, headache, numbness or complete loss of sensation on affected side; weakness in the muscles of hand or arm.
Causes of Cervical Spondylosis:
• Injury especially to the neck.
• Stress and strain caused by sitting for a long time.
• Faulty posture due to soft chair and coaches.
• Incorrect nutrition and psychological strains.
• Improper lifting of weights.
• Lack of exercise weakens the muscles and makes them vulnerable.
FOR CERVICAL HOME REMEDIES
• People with sedentary occupation should changes the position often, stand up every hour & try to avoid soft cushioned seats.
• While sleep use thin pillows and sleep on firm mattresses with knees bent at right angles to the torso.
• Perform joint movements moving wrist up and down, folding and unfolding of fingers, rotating wrist clock and anticlock wise, moving neck up and down, moving to the sides and rotating it clock and anti clock wise.
• Intake of adequate amount of calcium, vit c & d .
• Avoid curd , rice, fatty food, oily food, junk food, arhar ki daal, juices etc.
• 2-3 cloves of garlic to be taken in the morning is beneficial in cervical .
• Take warm water bath and try to pour some warm water on back side of the neck .
• Mild hot oil massage to neck, shoulder and hands are beneficial .
• Walking, cycling, swimming improves supply of nutrients to spinal discs .
• Rubbing of garlic oil on affected area gives great relief.