How to manage cervical spondylosis?
Q: I am 55yrs old and was diagnosed as having cervical spondylosis at the age of 35-40. I have continued my physiotherapy exercises as advised till date. Now I get slight neck pain and my right hand pains ocassionally and there is numbness in the fingers. I have a similar feeling in my right leg. After slight physical work (work, after driving scooter etc.) my right hand pains slightly. Kindly advise.
A:A clinical examination is very important in your case, but primarily, your symptoms suggest you have developed compression of the nerve in the cervical region and lumbar lordosis. I suggest you take X-rays for both the cervical and lumbar region and consult an orthopaedician. Basically, the treatment would be: 1. Medication. 2. Cervical traction. 3. Exercises for the neck and back. 4. Learn correct ergonomic principles for your daily activities. 5. Rest and avoid driving the scooter till symptoms subside. 6. Wear a soft collar for some time while driving.