Diseases of the spine appear as a result of degenerative changes that develop in the cartilage tissue of the joint. The disease can occur in any part of the spine: the cervix, the breast or anything else, but one of the most dangerous is the diseases of the cervix. Many factors contribute to the development of the disease: heredity, lifestyle, living and nutritional conditions, trauma and other causes.
As a result of changes in cartilage tissue, not only the spinal cord is compressed but also the blood supply to the brain deteriorates. However, even if the patient, according to the study results, was told that he had osteochondrosis of the cervix, do not panic because this disease can be treated and the diagnosis is not a phrase for disability.
When to start treatment for osteochondrosis
Everyone knows the postulate: the earlier treatment begins, the faster complete recovery occurs. But it must be remembered that self-medication when problems with the spine occur is very dangerous because it can cause even more harm. Therefore, when symptoms occur that indicate the likelihood of osteochondrosis of the cervix, go to the clinic immediately and undergo the necessary examination to know the exact diagnosis.
To do this you need to undergo an ultrasound or MRI scan
Such a check will allow you to determine the condition of the intervertebral discs, whether there is an intervertebral hernia, and also show the condition of blood vessels and nerve processes in the spine. Before treating a disease, the doctor must take into account the hormonal and mechanical factors that caused the development of the disease, and only then take measures to eliminate pain and relieve the inflammatory process. In both cases, the treatment is individual and consists of a series of treatment sessions.
Therapeutic treatment of cervical osteochondrosis
In the neck area, treatment of osteochondrosis requires a qualified approach. It includes both traditional medical treatment and the use of non-traditional methods.
Traditional medicine includes painkillers. In the initial phase, it is necessary to relieve pain from the patient. For this, the patient is prescribed drugs from the group of analgesics. They should not only eliminate pain but also reduce the activity of the inflammatory process. In addition, the patient is prescribed medications that act as dog protectors. They reduce the breakdown of cartilage and help repair cartilage. To normalize metabolic processes, patients are also prescribed multivitamins.
Traditional medicine is massage performed on the cervix. It is helpful to perform this procedure using ointments and gels that contain irritants, as well as some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Surgery is required if the spine is severely affected.
Non-traditional methods of treating osteochondrosis
It is possible to treat osteochondrosis using unconventional methods. These include:
- manual therapy,
- vacuum therapy,
- other non-medicinal healing methods.
Acupuncture allows you to quickly relieve pain, eliminate swelling in the neck and inflammation that has occurred due to squeezing of nerve endings. Sometimes osteochondrosis of the cervix leads to numbness in the fingers. In such cases, acupuncture is performed at special points in the auricle. This procedure restores the motor activity of the limbs as well as the cartilage tissue between the vertebrae.
Hirudotherapy helps restore blood pressure and blood circulation in the neck, relieve swelling and eliminate serious consequences in the cervix.
Acupressure massage relieves cramps in the neck muscles, which occur due to squeezing of nerve endings, improves blood supply to the brain and relieves pain in the neck area, eliminates headaches. Thanks to acupressure, metabolic processes are improved, damaged cartilage tissue recovers faster.
Manual therapy techniques allow you to increase the distance between the vertebrae. This makes it possible to reduce the pressure on the intervertebral discs and release nerve endings as well as improve the movement of blood in the vessels. Manual therapy should be performed by a physician with relevant experience and knowledge.
All non-traditional osteochondrosis treatment procedures are designed to improve blood circulation in tissues, relieve pain syndrome and reduce inflammation in the neck. If the treatment is delayed, a lump may form on the back of the neck in the spine, which is even harder to remove.
Osteochondrosis hardware treatment
In addition to traditional treatment for osteochondrosis, the disease can be treated with the help of special medical equipment. One of these methods is the use of shock wave therapy. With this method, the damaged cartilage tissue is affected by acoustic waves. As a result, salt deposits loosen and are rapidly excreted from the body. On a medical device, the doctor presets the depth of penetration of waves and their intensity. The wave sensor is then directed to the affected area. Shock wave therapy improves joint mobility, restores metabolism, relieves pain and inflammation.
Physiotherapy helps to treat osteochondrosis of the cervix, which consists of the action of ultrasound, laser, weak current or ultraviolet rays on the affected areas of the spine. Such procedures also relieve inflammation and speed up the healing of damaged tissue, relieve pain syndrome and help strengthen the immune system.
How to Get Rid of Osteochondrosis of the Cervix at Home
Once the doctor makes a diagnosis and prescribes the necessary procedures, you can continue the treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervix at home. Treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervix at home - effective ways:
- using exercise therapy techniques,
- using devices such as a needle applicator
- folk methods of treatment.
Massage is an effective treatment option for spinal osteochondrosis. However, not all patients have the opportunity to systematically go to a masseur. Therefore, each patient can help himself by performing self-massage of the cervix. The procedure is simple, you just have to comply with the necessary requirements so as not to aggravate the back:
- Start self-massage with a gentle neck stroke.
- Movements should be performed slowly along the spine and from the center to the periphery.
- It is strictly forbidden to put pressure on the spine.
- All movements must be performed with fingers only.
When the muscles are heated as a result of ironing, you can rub and knead movements in the neck and the lateral surface of the neck. The massage is performed while sitting on a chair for 5-10 minutes.
The needle applicator, or needle massager, combines acupuncture and massage according to the principle of action. Plastic needles work on the affected area for half an hour. This is enough to relieve muscle spasms and improve the condition of the spine.
How to treat osteochondrosis with exercise
Simple exercises can help you treat osteochondrosis of the neck. During health-enhancing gymnastics, they make rotating movements of the neck in one direction and the other, turning their head to the side, after which they throw their head back or press their chin against their chest.
Each exercise is repeated 10-12 times. You can tilt your head in different directions and perform the rotational movements of the arm in the shoulder joint.
This exercise relaxes the muscles of the neck and arms. Exercises in cervical osteochondrosis should be performed slowly to ensure that breathing is even. If pain or dizziness occurs, exercise should be stopped.
How to treat osteochondrosis using folk methods
Traditional medicine can also offer treatment of diseases of the spine with herbs, wraps, compresses. Such treatment is safe and affordable for many. The easiest way to treat osteochondrosis is to use potatoes and honey for compresses on the neck. To do this, peel the potatoes and rub on a fine grater. To 1 medium potato, add a tablespoon of honey and compress on the neck. The procedure should be performed weekly.
Another way to cure is horseradish leaves. They relieve pain well. To do this, pour a clean sheet of horseradish with boiling water and then attach it to the neck with the back and wrap it in a warm scarf. This compaction must be performed at night.
Compresses made from vodka with the addition of propolis and aloe juice help well with the treatment of osteochondrosis of the spine.In a half liter bottle of vodka, dissolve 1 g of propolis, add 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe juice and the same amount of mustard powder to it. Shake the mixture well, then moisten a napkin and make a compress overnight, wrap your neck with a wool scarf.
The combination of different methods of treatment of the spine allows you to forget about osteochondrosis of the neck for a long time.