Features and methods of treatment of cervical osteochondrosis

Many people self-medicate because they misdiagnose themselves. Very often from friends or acquaintances you can hear the expression: I have cervical osteochondrosis. However, not all people really understand what cervical osteochondrosis is. But still, not every crack in the neck should be taken as a disease.

pain in the cervical spine with osteochondrosis

Cervical osteochondrosis is a disease associated with a violation of the articular cartilage and bone tissue in the cervical spine.

Cervical osteochondrosis is a disease associated with a violation of the articular cartilage and bone tissue in the cervical spine.

Modern doctors believe that this disease is of a degenerative-dystrophic nature, as it is manifested by the deformation of the intervertebral discs, their separation and a change in height.

Very often, cervical osteochondrosis accompanies - vegetative-vascular dystonia (VVD). To understand where these friendly neighbors came from, let's consider the reasons why cervical osteochondrosis occurs.

Causes of the disease

Common causes of this problem:

  • segmental blood circulation disorders;
  • various injuries;
  • individual predisposition;
  • old age.

Also, the causes of this disease lie in the sedentary way of life of modern people. >Not infrequently, the onset of cervical osteochondrosis is preceded by hypothermia and overeating. But the most common causes of this disease are bad posture at the table and acquired scoliosis.

neck pain with osteochondrosis

Cervical osteochondrosis develops due to a decrease in cushioning of the intervertebral disc, as well as a violation of the fibrous ring.

How does cervical migraine occur?

Cervical osteochondrosis has a special symptomatology. The signs of such a disease are always:

  • tearing, cutting and sometimes pressing pains in back of head, neck, shoulder;
  • sensory disturbances in the affected area;
  • numbness of hands;
  • sharp vision;
  • persistent tinnitus;
  • pain in the region of the heart.

However, even if all these symptoms are natural for a certain person, you should not rush to conclusions, you should definitely consult a doctor after passing the correct diagnosis.

Disease detection methods

Diagnosis of cervical osteochondrosis is carried out using magnetic resonance, computed tomography, radiography.

Diagnostics by means of tomography makes it possible to identify disorders such as failures in the formation of cartilage, to assess the condition of paravertebral muscles, joints and intervertebral discs.

self-massage of the neck with osteochondrosis

X-ray diagnostics contributes to the correct diagnosis, since the image accurately reflects the nature, as well as the degree of damage to a certain area.

Also, the diagnosis of such a disease includes the duplex scan of blood vessels, which allows to assess the condition of the arteries passing through the cervical region.

What is a dangerous disease?

Osteochondrosis of the cervical region is fraught with unpleasant consequences. With grade 1 osteochondrosis, the following consequences appear:

  • dizziness;
  • blurred vision or poor vision;
  • hypertension;
  • loss of consciousness.

Cervical osteochondrosis of the second degree is always accompanied by vegetative-vascular dystonia (VVD). This disease is manifested by severe headaches due to the lack of oxygen in the brain. VVD is also manifested by difficulty breathing, panic attacks, numbness of the hands and feet, poor sleep, fatigue, increased irritability. Moreover, the consequences may not be predictable. For example, patients may lose their sight completely.

neck pain with osteochondrosis

VVD and cervical osteochondrosis have similar symptoms. Therefore, the methods of treatment of VVD and cervical osteochondrosis are very similar.

Methods of Treatment

There are several ways to cure the consequences of osteochondrosis of the cervical region, as well as VSD.

  1. Medical therapy.
  2. Alternative treatment.
  3. Physiotherapy.

Medical treatment

This therapy for both cervical osteochondrosis and VVD includes the use of pain relievers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, myotropic antispasmodics, steroid drugs, and chondroprotectors.

Painkillers help cure the disease by eliminating spasms. With such diseases, you can use warming ointments and gels.

Thanks to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such diseases can be cured by removing swelling and inflammation.

Chondroprotectors help cure cervical osteochondrosis due to chondroetin and glucosamine that are part of these drugs.

Alternative Therapy

This type of treatment includes a complex of physiotherapeutic procedures aimed at eliminating pain, inflammation and restoring the whole body.

traction of the spine with cervical osteochondrosis

Thanks to magnetotherapy, osteochondrosis can be cured by exposure to a magnetic field directed at the affected area.

With the help of electrotherapy, you can recover quickly and for a long time from cervical migraine. This is possible due to increased blood circulation, which is facilitated by an electric current.

You can also get rid of pain and inflammation in cervical migraine with the help of acoustic waves. This treatment is called shock wave therapy.

Thanks to the power of healing mud, you can get rid of VVD and cervical migraine. Clay soaked in mineral water relieves swelling, relaxes muscles, eliminates pain. The name of this treatment is balneotherapy.


physiotherapy exercises for cervical osteochondrosis

Such therapy includes a special complex of physical activity, including swimming, walking in the fresh air and simple physical exercises. This complex can be performed by both children and the elderly. By implementing all the recommendations, you can get rid of VVD and cervical migraine, as well as eliminate their consequences effectively and quickly.