Features and methods of treatment of cervical osteochondrosis

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

pain in the cervical vertebrae with osteochondrosis

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

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

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

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

Causes of the disease

Common causes of this problem:

  • segmental circulatory disorders;
  • various injuries;
  • individual predisposition;
  • old age.

Also, the causes of this disease lie in the sedentary lifestyle of modern people. >Not infrequently, the appearance of cervical osteochondrosis is preceded by hypothermia and overeating. But the most common causes of this disease are poor posture at the desk 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 special symptoms. The signs of such a disease are always:

  • tearing, cutting and sometimes squeezing pains in nape, neck, shoulder;
  • sensory disturbances in the affected area;
  • numbness of hands;
  • sharp vision;
  • constant tinnitus;
  • pain in the region of the heart.

However, even if all these symptoms are inherent in a particular person, you should not rush to conclusions, you should definitely consult a doctor after passing the appropriate diagnosis.

Methods of detecting the disease

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

Diagnostics with the help of tomography allows to identify such disorders as failures in the formation of cartilage, to assess the condition of the 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 character, as well as the degree of damage to a certain area.

Also, the diagnosis of such a disease includes a duplex scan of the 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 osteochondrosis of the 1st degree, the following consequences appear:

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

Cervical osteochondrosis of the 2nd degree is always accompanied by vegetative-vascular dystonia (VVD). This disease is manifested by a severe headache due to a lack of oxygen in the brain. VVD is also manifested by difficulty breathing, attacks of fear, numbness of the hands and feet, poor sleep, fatigue, increased irritability. Also, the consequences may not be predictable. For example, patients can completely lose their vision.

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 treat 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 analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, myotropic antispasmodics, steroid drugs, and chondroprotectors.

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

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

Chondroprotectors help treat cervical osteochondrosis due to chondroetin and glucosamine, which are part of these drugs.

Alternative therapy

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

pulling the spine with cervical osteochondrosis

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

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

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

Thanks to the power of healing mud, you can save yourself from VVD and cervical migraine. Mud soaked in mineral waters relieves swelling, relaxes muscles, removes pain. The name of this treatment is balneotherapy.


physiotherapy exercises for cervical osteochondrosis

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