Cervical osteochondrosis - symptoms and treatment

What is the cause of accelerated osteochondrosis in the cervical region? What is the manifestation of its specific symptoms? How can you cure cervical osteochondrosis on your own, in a quiet home? Many people with osteochondrosis want to hear the answers to these questions.

neck pain with osteochondrosis

Osteochondrosis of the cervical region is the most common and unpleasant disease affecting modern young people aged thirty to thirty-five. Cervical osteochondrosis develops due to a long stay in incorrect and tense postures - when working on the personal computer during the day and also due to the habit of holding the phone on the shoulders. Quite often, this disease appears due to prolonged exposure to vibrations, or rather, if powerful construction equipment or frequent driving is used during work. In addition, this disease develops with poor posture, uncomfortable beds, a sedentary lifestyle, hereditary predispositions and other factors. Most often, in people with this disease, the back of the neck hurts.

Osteochondrosis of the neck is considered a degenerative and dystrophic lesion of the intervertebral discs in the cervical spine. It appears due to metabolic disorders in the cervical spine, in connection with which there is a change in the structure of the intervertebral disc, that is, a special seal between the vertebrae.

Symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis are significantly different from osteochondrosis in other areas. This is one of the most dangerous types of osteochondrosis, as the nerve root of the spinal cord is violated and the blood supply to the brain is disturbed due to compression of the blood vessels. The reason is the peculiarity of the structure of the spine in the neck.

The large artery that supplies the brain is vertebral and passes into the process opening of the cervical vertebra. A pathological change in it leads to the growth of bone and fibrous tissues and squeezing of the artery. Due to the displacement of the spine, the normal functioning of these arteries is also disrupted.

The structure of the cervical spine is slightly different: the vertebrae are in close contact with each other. With any even minor pathological changes, the normal functioning of all departments is disturbed: the nerves and vessels are pressed and moved. As a result, the functions are disturbed: the sensitivity of the skin is upset, signs of dizziness are observed. You will have ringing in the ears, headache, severe fatigue will appear, your vision and hearing will deteriorate and you will stagger when walking.

The most important symptoms are:

  • Pain in the neck, shoulders and arms. You will feel muscle weakness, crunching in the neck when you turn your head.
  • Feeling of a pain that pulls in the heart. You will feel pain in your left hand. You will experience burning and pain in the shoulder blades.
  • Don't be surprised by occasional headaches and increased fatigue, as well as feelings of weakness.
  • Pain is painful. Difficulty moving your head.
  • Neck pain radiates to the arm, which can lead to numbness in the fingers.
  • Hearing and vision will deteriorate, pain in the hands will occur, the work of the heart and lungs will be disturbed, dizziness, nausea, numbness of the tongue and face will appear.

Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis

gymnastics for the neck with osteochondrosis

At first, osteochondrosis takes a mild form and does not cause a person any discomfort. Drug treatment is not required at this stage, it is only necessary to carry out preventive measures to avoid more serious complications. It is necessary to improve working conditions, revise the lifestyle and give up bad habits.

Get active, do morning exercises, eat a diet, quit smoking, and avoid lifting heavy loads. Maintain an upright posture, take the correct posture in sitting and lying position. Sign up for a therapeutic gymnastics class.

Over the years, cervical osteochondrosis can progress and flow into a more complex form. Then the treatment is carried out using a conservative method. At this stage, you will need to wear special collars, do physiotherapy, get a massage.

In severe cases, the use of drug therapy will be required, that is, treatment will already be with the help of analgesics, antispasmodics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.