Throughout life, the cartilage in the spine wear out, lose moisture, because of what looks like micro tears. Is the change in height of the intervertebral disc and the vertebrae begin to irritate the nerves of the spine, from-for what there is pain attacks. Cervical osteochondrosis – is the problem primarily to lack of muscle 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 can be a nonspecific pain in the neck, because sudden movement or hypothermia, osteoarthritis of the small joints and, in fact, true, cervical osteochondrosis. The latter is considered the most dangerous kind of disease, because the cervical vertebrae are very mobile and even a small load can cause their home.
Symptoms of cervical degenerative disc disease
The most obvious symptom of cervical degenerative disc disease – pain in the neck. Usually it's to win the person closer to the evening, especially if the day he spent in a static position. Other alarming symptoms of cervical degenerative disc disease are weakness in the muscles of the arm, hand, numbness of fingers, chills. The cervical spine is the vertebral artery, which provides blood to the brain. Displacement of the vertebral artery is pinched, causing the brain no longer receive enough blood. The result is headaches, flashes of black dots (flies) in the eyes, impaired hearing and tinnitus. They also should warn the patient conscious.
Treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease
Noticing one or more of these symptoms, you should immediately make an appointment with a neurologist. He selects the optimal treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease. If the disease is caught early, it is likely that the treatment is conservative. The patient should be enough to take his prescribed medication, physical therapy, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture, and, of course, avoid physical exertion, especially lifting heavy weights. First, the treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease is designed to relieve pain attacks, this is prescribed pain medications and anesthetics. It has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant treatment. When you want to restore the normal blood circulation, - says the doctor-neurologist Sharipova. Once the treatment is finished and remove the inflammation, and you need to go to physiotherapy sessions. Basically, the exercises can be performed independently at home, but the best first workout with an expert and then practice the lessons at home. Not as effective reflexology (acupuncture), massage, magnetic therapy and trips to the pool. If the disease started, he turned to the heavy form, the doctor may prescribe surgery. Surgery is needed very rarely, when osteochondrosis occurs on the background of other diseases of the back (scoliosis, complex hernias, injury, or displacement of the vertebrae). Muscle pain, muscle aches, often after unusual physical activity, exercise, injuries. In nature they can be a drag, the spastic, can be located in different parts of the body. Pain can occur when touched and when moving
If again suddenly came, the first thing you need to ensure immobilization of the spine is lying flat on a hard surface. The pain syndrome may be the lower position on the abdomen with placed beneath his pillow, hands it a little pull forward. In other cases, a more comfortable position on his back on the mattress placed on the lower back and knees so that feet were bent at an angle of about 90 degrees. To ease the pain during an attack to help gels and creams anti-inflammatory drugs. In the acute period is contraindicated in funds, which has a warming effect, because they are annoying, improve blood circulation and can strengthen the local swelling and compression of the nerve roots. Special caution must be taken, the cervix, because the use of these drugs can lead to elevated blood pressure, - says the doctor-neurologist Sharipova. It is not recommended during an exacerbation massage. As soon as the neck is no longer made, you should consult a doctor, in the end it could be something worse degenerative disc disease.
When you want to go to the doctor?
If you have the early 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 other troubling symptoms - weakness in the legs, numbness of the body below the chest, impaired urination and fever. If available, it is necessary to rule out 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 the 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 use massage?
If there are no contraindications, it is even necessary. It is not recommended to do massage for those who are severe pain in the neck, there are signs of compression of the nerve roots, shortness of breath and other disorders. If the doctor is sure that you have these problems, you can go for a massage. But health must not be trusted anyway-what expert it is necessary to get a diploma in massage and work in the hospital. The skilled hands of a professional helps to improve blood flow 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 suffer from back pain. Bad spine can rest on the load only at night, provided that the person sleeping on the right pillow. Deep sleep orthopedic pillow and orthopedic mattress necessary to reduce the load and returns the maximum of the physiological position of the spine, at least during sleep, - says the doctor-neurologist, candidate of medical Sciences. Choice of pillow or mattress is better to trust the expert. Osteochondrosis, for example, fits a mattress of medium hardness and therapeutic pillow, with one or two rollers at the edges, which is placed on the neck. Cushion recess shoulder shown that people with high weight. A suitable height of the pillow can be defined as follows: it should be the same width of the shoulders of the head of the shoulder joint to the bottom of the neck.
Exercises with cervical osteochondrosis in house conditions
Improve the blood circulation of 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 turn your head to the left and to the right. Repeat 5-10 times.
- 2. Drop the head down, as if trying to press your chin to your chest. Repeat 5-10 times.
- 3. Attach the head to the back, at the same time moving his jaw. 5-10.
- 4. Sit down and put his hand on his forehead. Begin to tilt your head forward, to create a palm resistance. In this confrontation, wait 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 leaning sideways. To combat the movement of the head within 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Prevention of disease is sufficient to carry out daily swimming movement of the shoulders, from time to time to rotate and tilt the head, and even better – to do General exercises in the morning.