Spondylosis is the degeneration of the spine, and if you have this disorder, you know how painful it can be.
The goal of spondylosis treatment is to relieve your immediate pain and prevent permanent spinal cord and nerve root injury.
In many cases, your doctor can treat mild symptoms with simple, conservative therapies such as a cervical collar or a neck brace, to stabilize or regress stenosis by restricting motion. Your doctor may also recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), or may consider cortisone injections to specific areas of irritation to help reduce pain due to stenosis.
For severe cases, narcotic medicine or muscle relaxants may help to reduce pain. Surgical decompression of the spinal cord in the neck may be recommended for severe back pain or for significant loss of movement, sensation or function.
Surgical procedures may involve removal of bone and disc tissue impinging on the nerves of the spinal cord and stabilization of the neck by fusing the cervical vertebrae.
Most patients with cervical spondylosis will have some chronic symptoms, but you may respond very well to non-operative interventions and not require back surgery.