Cervical bone spurs are also popularly known as cervical spondylosis. This is a common condition in the cervical spine and this mostly strikes the elderly since this condition is age related. Through time the bones in the neck grows little bone known as spurs which decreases the protection that the cervical disc provide that is cushioning the bones or vertebrae. This spurs can create feeling of tingling, numbness and pain in the neck as well as all of the body.
Treatment for Cervical Bone Spurs
Rest. The number one thing that you can do at home is rest. Limiting your activities and a full three days of bed rest is what you need. In some instances a neck brace may be needed.
Medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen is the most common medication to treat cervical bone spurs. If this medication is not enough then a shot of corticosteroids or muscle relaxant is given to relieve pain, stiffness and swelling.
Alternative Treatments. Therapies like massage, spinal decompression, hot and cold and many more. Yoga is a good way too in strengthening the muscles around the neck so as to protect it from any further injury.
Surgery. If in case none of the conservative treatment works then surgery might be necessary to remove the spur. But before undergoing one make sure that you know all the details. There are factors that you have to know which should be considered in making your decision.
It is important to discuss it thoroughly with your doctor if you decide to undergo a surgery. There are different surgical options available today. Ask your doctor about it and he will recommend the best surgical procedure for you, one that carries less risk and complications. It is important that you know this important facts for you to be able to arrive to a right decision.