In osteoarthritis of the spine, the cartilage between the bones of the neck wears down as a result of aging or trauma. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over each other and act as a shock absorber. Signs of this condition include swelling or tenderness in the back of the neck, stiffness and loss of motion, a crunching feeling or the sound of bone rubbing on bone, and steady or intermittent pain.
Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by the physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to reduce pain and increase range of motion.
Treatments include: heat, ultrasound, cervical traction, gentle massage, stretching, and strengthening exercises to the neck.
After your initial prescription for physical therapy is completed, your physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.
This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.
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