What is Osteoarthritis - Cervical Area

This abstract outlines how to treat osteoarthritis when it affects the cervical area of the body. In addition, it describes approaches for treating those who suffer from chronic osteoarthritis to achieve fast and effective pain relief.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is not only pain, it is an orthopedic disease. It affects the spine and, more specifically, intervertebral discs. With age, cartilages (discs) have worn out faster than new cartilage formed and elasticity decreased. The discs are getting flatter and the gaps between vertebrae diminishing.
Vertebra bone surfaces adjoin and begin to rub against each other. Worn articular cartilage cushions that separate the vertebrae cannot prevent inflammation in the surrounding areas. For example: Cervical (neck) osteoarthritis might lead to vascular nerve formation compression. The neck has numerous blood vessels and nerves, including the vertebral artery. Artery compression (stenosis) reduces the blood supply to the brain and spinal cord and eventually leads to a stroke.

How to Help Yourself to Stay Healthy and Active?

People suffering from osteoarthritis must do regular remedial exercises. No doubt, in remission stage bike or swimming exercise is the best. However, if you are in the acute stages of the disease, there is no substitute for remedial exercises.
The exercises improve your mobility and keep your muscles strong. Stretches help to reduce the spasm. Commonly, lumbar and cervical portions of the spine are the most affected areas, less frequently it occurs with the thoracic spine. Often enough, osteoarthritis is complicated with neurological conditions as a result of nerve ending pressing.

Cervical Area Affected - Acute Stage Exercises

In the acute stage remedial exercises are performed only when pain is significantly reduced. If during the exercises pain becomes stronger, do not proceed.
Exercise 1
  • Sit down with your elbows placed on top of the table
  • Place the palms of your hand on your forehead
  • Bring head forward with resistance to your hand
  • Press forehead against the palm of your hand for 5 seconds and release
  • Repeat 4 - 5 times
Exercise 2
  • Sit down in front of a table and pace your right hand on a temple
  • Slowly turn your head to the right with resistance to your hand
  • Hold for 5 - 10 seconds
  • Return to the central position and continue with your left hand
  • Repeat 4 - 5 times
Exercise 3
  • Sit down and bring your two shoulders up
  • Hold for 10 - 15 seconds and release
  • Repeat 5 - 10 times
Exercise 4
  • Sit down with your shoulders down and head up
  • Open your mouth wide and bite
  • Repeat 5 times

Cervical Area Chronic Stage

Exercise 1
  • Sit down on a chair with your arms on the sides of your body
  • Breathe in and turn your head to the right as far as your shoulder allows
  • Hold position for 5 - 10 seconds and return to the central position
  • Repeat exercise to the left side
  • Please do not turn your head left and right quickly and remember to hold position for 5 - 10 seconds
Exercise 2
  • Sit down on a chair with your shoulders down and back straight
  • Imagine someone is withholding your head and stretching it up
  • Sit in this position for 10 - 40 seconds
  • Release and repeat exercise 1
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