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Cervical osteoarthritis; Arthritis - neck; Neck arthritis; Chronic neck pain
Even if your neck pain does not go away completely, or it gets more painful at times, learning to take care of your neck and back at home and prevent repeat episodes of your pain can help you avoid surgery.
Your doctor and other health professionals can help you manage your pain and keep you as active as possible.
A type of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful if the pain is having a serious impact on your life. This technique helps you better understand your pain and teaches you how to manage it.
A number of different medications can help with your back pain.
See also: Medicines for chronic pain
If the pain does not respond to these treatments, or you have a loss of movement or feeling, surgery is considered. Surgery is done to relieve the pressure on the nerves or spinal cord.
Most patients with cervical spondylosis will have some long-term symptoms. These symptoms will often get worse and then improve. However, symptoms should improve with treatment and do not need surgery.
Many people with this problem are able to maintain active lives. However, some patients will have to live with chronic pain.
Call your health care provider if:
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