Cervical osteochondrosis

Throughout life, the cartilage in the spine wear out, lose moisture, because of what appear micro tears. There is a change of height of the intervertebral disc and the vertebrae begin to irritate a spinal nerve, from-for what there are pain attacks. Cervical osteochondrosis – a problem associated primarily with deficiency of muscular exercise, - says the doctor-neurologist of the highest category Sharipov. In fact, "cervical osteochondrosis" is a very common diagnosis, behind which are hiding different disease. This may be a nonspecific pain in the neck due to sudden movement or hypothermia, osteoarthritis of the small joints and, in fact, true cervical osteochondrosis. The latter is considered the most dangerous kind of ailment, because the cervical vertebrae are very mobile and even a small load can cause their displacement.


Symptoms of cervical degenerative disc disease

The most obvious symptom of cervical degenerative disc disease – pain in the neck. Usually it overcomes a person closer to the evening, especially if the working day he spent in a static posture. Other alarming symptoms of cervical degenerative disc disease are weakness of the muscles of the arm, hand, numbness of fingers, chills. In the cervical spine is the vertebral artery, which provides blood to the brain. The displacement of the vertebral artery is pinched, causing the brain no longer receives enough blood. The result is headaches, flashing black dots (flies) in the eyes, impaired hearing and tinnitus. They also should alert conscious patient.

Treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease

Noticing a one or more of these symptoms, you should immediately make an appointment with a neurologist. He will choose the optimal treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease. If the disease is noticed in a timely manner, it is likely that the treatment will be conservative. The patient will be enough to take his prescribed medication, physical therapy, physiotherapy, massages and acupuncture, and, of course, avoid physical exertion, especially lifting heavy weights. First, the treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease are aimed at relieving pain attacks, this is assigned analgesics and local anesthetics. Then is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant therapy. When you need to restore the normal circulation of the blood, - says the doctor-neurologist Sharipova. When drug treatment is complete and the inflammation removed, and you need to go for physical therapy sessions. In principle, the exercises can be performed independently at home, but the best first workout with an expert and then practice the lessons at home. No less effective reflexology (acupuncture), massage, magnetic therapy and trips to the pool. If the disease started, he turned into a heavy form, the doctor may prescribe surgery. Surgery is required very rarely, in cases when osteochondrosis occurs on the background of other diseases of the back (scoliosis, complicated hernias, injury, or displacement of the vertebrae). Muscle pain, or myalgia, often after unusual physical activity, exercise, injuries. By nature they can be pulling, spastic, can be localized in different parts of the body. Pain can manifest itself when touched and when moving

First aid

If the back suddenly came, the first thing you need to ensure the immobility of the spine is to lie on a flat hard surface. Pain syndrome may be reduced in position on the abdomen with placed under his pillow, hands it to a little pull forward. In other cases, a more comfortable pose on her back with bolsters placed under the lower back and knees so that feet were bent at an angle of approximately 90 degrees. To ease the pain during an attack will help gels and ointments with anti-inflammatory drugs. In the acute period is contraindicated funds with a warming effect, because they are irritating, increase blood flow and can strengthen local swelling and compression of the nerve roots. Special caution should be observed in the cervical, as the use of such drugs can lead to increased blood pressure, - says the doctor-neurologist Sharipova. It is not recommended during an exacerbation to massage. As soon as the neck will cease to take, you should consult a doctor, in the end it could be something worse degenerative disc disease.

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When you need to go to the doctor?

If you have the first symptoms of cervical degenerative disc disease and within 2-3 days they have not passed, and even worse – adding new, you should definitely consult a neurologist. Among the additional worrisome symptoms - weakness in legs, numbness of the body below the chest, impaired urination and fever. If available, it is necessary to exclude more serious pathology. There are many diseases that can cause pain in the neck to simulate cervical osteochondrosis, but are serious and even fatal. It is a tumor, abscess, tuberculosis of the spine, spinal stenosis, - says the doctor-neurologist, candidate of medical Sciences. Only a doctor can determine what was the cause of pain in the neck. If necessary, he will prescribe an MRI of the cervical spine. In fact, "cervical osteochondrosis" is a very common diagnosis, behind which are hiding different disease.

Whether you can access the massage therapist?

If there are no contraindications, it is even necessary. It is not recommended to do massage for those who have severe pain in the neck, there are signs of compression of the nerve roots, shortness of breath and other disorders. If the doctor is assured that you have these problems, you can go for a massage. But health is not to be trusted anyhow-what expert it is necessary to have a diploma of massage therapist and work in a medical facility. The skilled hands of a professional will help to improve the blood supply to the muscles and ligaments to accelerate tissue regeneration, reduce pain and eliminate muscle spasm. But to cure the disease massage, alas, can not.

Why do you need an orthopedic pillow?

Modern man, as a rule, most of the working day sedentary, why, and then suffering back pain. Poor spine can rest from the load only by night, provided that the person sleeping on the right pillow. Restful sleep on an orthopedic pillow and orthopedic mattress needed to reduce the load and restore the maximum physiological position of the spine, at least during sleep, - says the doctor-neurologist, candidate of medical Sciences. The choice of orthopedic pillows or a mattress is better to trust a specialist. In osteochondrosis, for example, fit a mattress of medium hardness and therapeutic pillow with one or two rollers at the edges, which are placed under the neck. Pillow with recess for the shoulder shown that people with high body weight. A suitable height of the pillow can be defined as: it should be equal to the width of the shoulder from the head of the shoulder joint to the base of the neck.

Exercises with cervical osteochondrosis in house conditions

To improve blood circulation in the cervical spine can be at home, and at work, sitting in front of the computer. Exercises with cervical osteochondrosis consists of a series of simple exercises

  • 1. Standing or sitting slowly turns his head left and right. Repeat 5-10 times.
  • 2. Drop the head down, as if trying to press your chin to your chest. Another 5-10 times.
  • 3. Attach the head back, simultaneously retracting his chin. 5-10.
  • 4. Sit down and put a hand on his forehead. Begin to tilt your head forward, creating a palm resistance. In this confrontation, hold 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat 10 times.
  • 5. Similar to the previous exercise, only now, put a hand on his head and "bother" the head to lean sideways. Counteract the movement of the head within 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

For the prevention of disease is sufficient to perform daily swimming motion of the shoulders, from time to time to rotate and tilt the head, and even better – to do General exercises in the morning.