Cervical osteochondrosis - symptoms and treatment

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

neck pain with osteochondrosis

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

Neck osteochondrosis is considered a degenerative and dystrophic lesion of the intervertebral discs of 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 joint 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, since the nerve root of the spinal cord is infringed, and the blood supply to the brain is disturbed as a result of compression of the blood vessels. The reason is the peculiarity of the structure of the spine in the neck.

The large artery that feeds the brain is vertebral and passes into the opening of the process of the cervical vertebra. A pathological change in it leads to the growth of bone and fibrous tissue and compression of the artery. Due to the displacement of the spinal column, 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: nerves and vessels are pressed and displaced. As a result, the functions are disturbed: the sensitivity of the skin is disturbed, signs of dizziness are observed. You will have ringing in your ears, a headache, severe tiredness will appear, your eyesight 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, cracking in the neck when you turn your head.
  • Sensation of a drawing pain in the heart. You will feel pain in your left hand. You will experience burning and pain in your shoulder blades.
  • Don't be surprised by occasional headaches and increased fatigue, as well as feelings of weakness.
  • The pain hurts. Difficulty moving the head.
  • Neck pain radiates to the arm, which can cause 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 discomfort. Pharmacological treatment is not necessary at this stage, it is only necessary to carry out preventive measures to avoid more serious complications. It is necessary to improve working conditions, review lifestyle and abandon bad habits.

Stay active, exercise in the morning, follow a diet, stop smoking, and avoid heavy lifting. Maintain an upright posture, take the correct posture in a sitting and lying position. Sign up for a therapeutic gymnastics course.

Over the years, cervical osteochondrosis can progress and develop 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, have a massage.

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