The back of your neck includes the cervical spine and ligaments and muscles that surround the spine and help support the neck. The cervical spine comprises of lots of bones called vertebrae. The sides of the vertebrae link by small facet joints and between each of the discs which acts as a shock absorber and allows the spine to move.
What is spondylosis?
Spondylosis is age-related degeneration (wear and tear) of the bones (vertebrae) and discs in the neck often occurring after 30 years old. The majority of people develop degeneration however some people have more degeneration than others.
Spondylosis cannot be cured however effective physiotherapy can help to manage symptoms and allow you to be as pain free as possible.
What causes spondylosis?
There is no specific cause of spondylosis, everybody is different and it is dependent on how much wear and tear your bones experience. Repeated trauma may contribute to the development of spondylosis as an increased incidence has been found in patients who frequently carried heavy loads on their shoulders or heads and dancers or gymnasts.
What are the symptoms of spondylosis?
There are several common symptoms of spondylosis including neck stiffness, pain, muscle weakness and sometimes shoulder problems can also occur as a result.
Headaches may also occasionally occur which often start at the back of the head and travel over the top of the forehead.
Spondylosis pain usually comes and goes with flare-ups’ followed by periods of time without symptoms. Around 1 in 10 people with spondylosis develop chronic (long-term) pain.
More severe symptoms usually occur if associated with a slipped disc or the spinal cord is compressed.
How is spondylosis diagnosed?
Spondylosis can be diagnosed from radiology tests such as X-rays, MRI or CT scans. X-rays can distinguish bone spurs on the spinal vertebrae, thickening of facet joints and narrowing of the spaces between the discs.
What treatment can Farrell Physiotherapy offer for spondylosis?
Following a thorough assessment, your specialist physiotherapist can devise a tailor made treatment plan based on your main problems and what you want to achieve through physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy for spondylosis often includes:
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint mobilisation
- Ice/heat therapy to promote healing
- Postural advice
- Range of movement exercises
- Anti-inflammatory advice
- Progressive strengthening exercises
Sometimes the pain you experience can become so severe you may be referred to your doctor who can refer to a pain specialist or pain centre. Surgery is not common however may be an option in extreme cases where pain is severe.
Benefit of physiotherapy for spondylosis?
There are several benefits of physiotherapy for spondylosis which all help contribute to symptom management including:
- Decreased pain
- Improved range of movement and decreased stiffness
- Increased strength
- Improved function
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I was referred to Ben after a road traffic accident for pain in my neck. The service I received was excellent. He not only treated my neck pain but also helped me to correct my bad posture which was not aiding my recovery.
Ben is extremely friendly and gives a very professional service and I can’t thank him enough for resolving the problem. I would highly recommend him.
- Carol Joyce
I have recently completed a course of treatment with Ben Farrell and am pleased to highly recommend him to others. I went to see Ben when I was suffering with extreme pain due to a trapped nerve in my neck which caused pain to radiate into my shoulder, arm and hand. I got an appointment very quickly and Ben was able to diagnose the problem and work on alleviating the pain. Part of the treatment has involved improving my longstanding poor posture which I’ve had since a child and believed was something that could not be changed. Ben has also advised me on how to continue to work on this to avoid this problem from reoccurring in the future.
- Judith Woosnam
I visited the practice on personal recommendation following a doctor’s diagnosis of an as then unspecified “shoulder injury”. I had seen my GP as the increasing pain in my arm and shoulder was not only preventing me from lifting my arm above 90%, but was also increasingly stopping me from sleeping at night.
After an initial diagnosis session where Ben Farrell had quickly identified the actual problem, I then undertook a course of hands on physiotherapy and an increasing program of exercise. In view of the complexity of the problem (which I was advised had been going on for far longer than I has know), the physiotherapy program was, therefore, pretty comprehensive, however, always with excellent support and guidance from Ben along the way.
I am very pleased with the results and I am now both playing much better golf and getting a full night’s sleep. And, I have no problems lifting my arm its full range!!!! So, the next thing on the agenda will be the golf game at Benton Hall.
Before visiting Ben I had been suffering from pain in my achillies tendons, which had stopped me from running my first half marathon. I had previously visited other physios local to me but had made no improvement. On my first visit ,Ben immediately diagnosed that my problem was coming from an old lower back injury. I was impressed that he was determined to treat the root cause of the injury (back) and provide a long term cure, and not just focus on a short term treatment of my achilles. Ben’s friendly but straight talking manner made my visits very enjoyable. I was so impressed that I took my 14 year old son to see Ben when he had an injury prior to a very important football trial. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Ben to anyone .
- Mike Smith
Couldn’t have asked for a better service than I got in just 4 weeks I spent with Mr Farrell.
My first appointment with Mr Farrell was 4 weeks prior to running the London marathon and I was in no fit state to be able to run it due to a knee injury. Mr Farrell gave me a number of exercises to completely daily and a handful of one on one sessions as well. He also advised me on picking a better pair of running shoes to support my foot shape and create less pain in my knee.
A combination of the hard work put in by Mr Farrell and myself I managed to complete the marathon in just over 4 hours. A great achieve considering I couldn’t run for 4 months prior to the race due to my knee. My only regret was not going to see Mr Farrell earlier! Then I may have be able to probably train for it. Would highly recommend Mr Farrell to anyone, a very professional service and great results.
- Fraser Murray
One of the main things I learnt when you treated me was your ability to dispel some of the old chestnuts about joint pain. Through your physiotherapy and advice I now walk more and cycle a lot. I do not rest up when I have a flair up, I do the maximum exercise I can without causing to great a discomfort to my joints. I avoid Painkillers if at all possible.
I can honestly say that you have helped me to take a new outlook on life. Thank you.
Ben Farrell was very thorough and professional when I went to him for treatment on my tennis elbow. He treated my posture as well as the elbow. The exercises he taught me both enabled the pain to go away and stay away, thus doing himself out of work! He and all his staff were very pleasant and friendly and I would recommend him unreservedly.
- Shane Murphy
Ben is an excellent physiotherapist who provided a considered care plan that enabled me to achieve my goals. Ben in his unique professional and personable manner demonstrated judgement and considerable experience to assist my recovery
After suffering persistent shoulder pain for several months I went to Farrell Physiotherapy on the recommendation of my husband.
After only a short course of treatment and undertaking daily exercises I am now pain free.
I would gladly recommend Farrell Physiotherapy to any person requiring physiotherapy treatment.
- C Wiltshire
I received excellent treatment for a foot and knee complaint that I thought would need an operation. It was very debilitating. However, after my course of physiotherapy sessions and continuation of exercises to do at home, I am now pain free and back to my normal exercise routine at the gym.
- C Dobinson
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