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Understanding Osteoarthritis of the Neck

Cervical osteoarthritis, also known as cervical spondylosis or arthritis in the neck, is a common condition as the bones, discs, and joints in the neck, wear down with age. Approximately 85% of people over the age of 60 experience cervical spondylosis. While it is prevalent among middle-aged and older adults, some individuals may not exhibit symptoms, and those who do can often manage their condition with nonsurgical treatments.

Causes of Cervical Osteoarthritis

Cervical spondylosis develops as the bones and cartilage in the neckwear down over time.

Factors that accelerate this degenerative process include:
Dehydrated Discs: Discs in the cervical spine lose moisture and shrink, leading to increased bone-on-bone contact.
Bulging Discs: Cracked discs can press on the spinal cord nerves, causing pain.
Bone Spurs: Extra bone growth in the spine can pinch nerves in the spinal cord.
Stiffened Ligaments: Ligaments in the neck can stiffen with age, reducing flexibility.

Symptoms of Cervical Osteoarthritis

Common symptoms include:
Pain or Stiffness: In the neck, shoulders, or arms.
Headache: Originating from the neck.
Difficulty Turning the Head: This can affect activities like driving.
Grinding Sensation: When moving the neck.
Numbness or Tingling: In severe cases, symptoms may progress to cervical myelopathy (pressure on the spinal cord) or cervical radiculopathy (pressure on nerve roots), causing severe pain, muscle spasms, and loss of bladder or bowel control.

Diagnosing Cervical Osteoarthritis

Cervical osteoarthritis is diagnosed through:
Physical Exam: A doctor assesses movement and identifies affected areas.
Imaging Tests: X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans are used to detect bone spurs, pinched nerves, and other changes.
Nerve Conduction Studies: Test the speed and strength of nerve signals.

Conventional Treatment Options

Treatment for cervical osteoarthritis typically involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medications, and, in severe cases, surgical interventions.
Physical Therapy: Strengthens neck and shoulder muscles to relieve pain and improve mobility.
Neck Traction: Increases space between cervical joints, reducing pressure on discs and nerve roots.
Medications: Pain relievers such as NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, anti-epileptic drugs, and steroid injections.
Surgery: In severe cases, procedures may involve removing bone spurs or parts of neck bones.

How Red Light Therapy Can Help

Red light therapy (RLT) offers a promising, drug free, non-invasive solution for managing cervical osteoarthritis. RLT uses specific wavelengths of red (660nm) and near-infrared (830nm) light to penetrate the skin and reach the affected joints. This light energy stimulates cellular processes that promote healing and reduce inflammation. Scientific studies have shown that red light therapy can increase blood flow, reduce oxidative stress, and alleviate pain, improving

Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Cervical Osteoarthritis

Pain Relief: Reduces pain by promoting blood circulation, endorphin release and reducing oxidative stress in the spinal joints.
Inflammation Reduction: Targets and reduces inflammatory cells, decreasing swelling and discomfort.
Tissue Repair: Stimulates the repair and regeneration of cartilage and other joint tissues, enhancing overall mobility.

A Targeted Solution for Cervical Osteoarthritis

Head Neck Shoulder Red Light Therapy Wrap

The Head/Neck/Shoulder Multi-Purpose Therapy Wrap from is specifically designed to offer effective solutions for cervical osteoarthritis. This versatile wrap uses 152 super bright red LEDs and 152 infrared LEDs to deliver therapeutic light directly to the affected area, providing deep tissue penetration and effective relief from osteoarthritic symptoms.
Key Features of the Head/Neck/Shoulder Multi-Purpose Therapy Wrap
Flexible Neoprene Pad: Ensures a comfortable fit around the neck and shoulders.
Rechargeable Battery: Allows for convenient use during various activities.
Long Battery Life: Provides 4.5 hours of continuous use on a single charge.
Easy to Use: Comes with detachable Velcro tabs and attachment straps for secure placement.

How to Use the Head/Neck/Shoulder Multi-Purpose Therapy Wrap

All of our Red Light Therapy Kits can be worn over light clothing, while still providing an effective therapeutic effect.

Preparation: Ensure the neck area is clean and dry.
Application: Secure the wrap around the neck using the provided straps.
Session Duration: Use the therapy wrap for 20-30 minutes per session.
Frequency: Use the wrap regularly as part of your daily routine for best results.
Regular use of the Head/Neck/Shoulder Multi-Purpose Therapy Wrap can lead to significant improvements in pain levels, inflammation, and joint flexibility, allowing individuals to maintain a more active lifestyle and perform daily tasks with greater ease.

Red Light Therapy Kits, 100% Australian Made, Owned and Operated

Red Light Therapy Kits is proudly an Australian-made, owned, and operated company dedicated to providing high-quality and effective red light therapy products. Susan Poole, the company’s founder and director, brings over 20 years of expertise as an exercise physiologist and has a robust background in physical rehabilitation.
Susan’s personal experience with injury and passion for helping others have been pivotal in developing these products. Her dedication to improving the lives of those suffering from osteoarthritis led her to create a range of safe and effective LED therapy products. Under her leadership, Red Light Therapy Kits continues to deliver therapeutic solutions tailored to the specific needs of individuals managing osteoarthritis.

Don’t Let Cervical Osteoarthritis Stop You

Osteoarthritis in the neck can significantly impact one’s quality of life, but our Red Light Therapy kits offer a non-invasive and effective solution for managing your symptoms. The Head/Neck/Shoulder Multi-Purpose Therapy Wrap provides targeted relief for cervical osteoarthritis, promoting pain relief, reducing inflammation, and enhancing joint mobility.

Our red light therapy kits are designed to help you take control of your osteoarthritis management from the comfort of your own home.

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