Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Neck Osteoarthritis Treatment

Although there is no cure for cervical osteoarthritis, treatment focuses on reducing pain and improving function. Treatment may slow, or stop, the progression of the illness. Treatment for cervical osteoarthritis includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, corticosteroid medications, and muscle relaxant medications. Additional therapy includes physical therapy, reducing stressful neck movements, and performing exercises that do not cause pain. Surgery may be an option in those with severe osteoarthritis.

Treatment options for cervical osteoarthritis include:

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Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat cervical spondylosis:

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Last Updated: Jun 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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