Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis at home with exacerbation

Osteochondrosis is a disease that causes the patient a lot of discomfort and significantly impairs the quality of his life. The most pronounced manifestation of pain symptoms is the pathology of the cervical spine.

Medication for cervical osteochondrosis is one of the current methods of treatment for this disease.

Consider what drugs are used for cervical osteochondrosis and how to take them, and how effective they are.

Pathogenesis of the disease

This pathology is characterized by dystrophic or degenerative destruction of the bone and cartilage of the joint, followed by damage to the nervous system.

It can develop in any limbs, but the joints of the spine are most often affected.

In a neglected state, it can lead to catastrophic consequences for the body. Affecting the intervertebral discs, it contributes to the development of protrusions and intervertebral hernias.

The result of these pathological processes is a displacement of the vertebrae, compression of the nerve roots and blood vessels that feed the brain.

Subsequently, this contributes to the development of severe pain symptoms in the neck, headaches, loss of sensitivity of the upper extremities, and in especially severe cases can lead to stroke and disability.

Medication

Effective therapy of this pathology includes drug treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine with the parallel inclusion of physiotherapeutic procedures.

However, drugs for the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis can be used both in the acute phase of the disease and in remission.

While the majority of physiotherapeutic procedures or exercise therapy complexes are used only after passing the acute phase of the pathology and stopping the inflammatory process.

You can use a medicine for cervical osteochondrosis in different ways: orally – taking medications through the mouth; external use – ointments, gels; and with the help of injections – injections.

Medicines for osteochondrosis of the cervical spine are produced in different forms, and only a specialist can advise which drugs to use in a particular case on the basis of a specific diagnosis.

Different forms of release of drugs imply not only different delivery of the active substance to the affected area, ease of administration, etc., but also different strength and speed of exposure to the drug.

As a rule, specialists prescribe the following drugs for cervical osteochondrosis:

  • Analgesics – pain relievers;
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, NSAIDs, etc.) – medications that stop the inflammatory process and remove the accompanying tissue edema;
  • Muscle relaxants – used to relieve muscle cramps and their overstrain;
  • Vasodilator – a drug group of drugs that improves blood supply to the brain and microcirculation of blood in damaged tissues;
  • Chondroprotectors – agents that help slow down the development of the disease and improve the regeneration of affected tissues;
  • Vitamins are prophylactic agents that improve the overall health of the patient.

Additionally, with the appearance of symptoms of irritability, sleep disturbance, etc. medications from the antidepressant group or sedatives may be prescribed.

As a rule, all these medicines are used in a complex, course and only as directed by a doctor.

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Pain medication

A group of drugs that by their action are not able to cure osteochondrosis of the neck, but helps to relieve pain symptoms. They are divided into two main groups: narcotic and non-narcotic.

Reception of the first group of drugs is supervised exclusively by the attending physician and only in especially severe cases.

One of the side effects of these medicines is physiological addiction, so for obvious reasons they are under special control.

What pills to drink for the treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine at home? – you ask.

For the treatment of osteochondrosis, both on an outpatient and inpatient basis, non-narcotic analgesics are usually used, these include:

  • Analgin;
  • Amidopyrine;
  • Phenacetin;
  • Paracetamol – additionally has an antipyretic effect.

Various patches with analgesic impregnation, for example, such as lidocaine, received good reviews among consumers.

This drug does not interact with other medicines in any way and therefore it is possible to treat osteochondrosis of the cervical spine with plasters without fear and use them in parallel with medicines taken by mouth.

In medical practice, it often happens that painkillers for cervical osteochondrosis bring the patient long-awaited relief.

In such severe cases, the specialist may decide to anesthetize the site using intramuscular injections.

Injections of analgesics can be done directly into the muscles, ligaments or cartilage of the joint.

This procedure is carried out exclusively by a specialist with specific experience and the necessary clearance. It is considered the fastest and most effective method in eliminating pain.

Attention! It is impossible to independently carry out the blockade procedure at home, and moreover, it is unsafe. Inept actions can result in the most negative consequences and lead to paralysis.

It is also advisable to use various ointments and gels to relieve pain.

However, in the presence of an inflammatory process or the development of the disease in the acute phase, it is recommended to use ointments only with a “cold” analgesic effect.

Such drugs in their composition most often contain menthol and camphor.

  • Gevkamen;
  • Ben is gay
  • Bengin;
  • Menthol ointment;
  • Evaporated gel, etc.

After stopping the inflammatory process and undergoing the acute phase of the disease, it is recommended to use painkillers with a warming effect to improve blood microcirculation:

  • Finalgon;
  • Capsicum
  • Turpentine ointment, etc.

Ointments should be applied directly to the focus of pain, being careful not to touch the intact areas.

Contraindications for use can be open times or other damage to the skin.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

The most common pills for cervical osteochondrosis are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

They are a universal remedy for the treatment of pathology. They have anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic effects.

  • Acetylsalicylic acid;
  • Ibuprofen;
  • Diclofenac;
  • Indomethacin;
  • Flurbiprofen, etc.

Medicines have a number of side effects, mainly associated with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract: the formation of ulcers, bleeding, etc.

For this reason, they are used in courses and are only prescribed by a specialist. Remember to say how to treat cervical osteochondrosis with medicines from the NSAID group, in order to avoid negative consequences, only the attending physician can.

Vasodilator medicines

Headaches, dizziness, general weakness, the appearance of “midges” in the eyes and a violation of visual acuity and hearing are all symptoms indicating a violation of the blood circulation of the brain and one of the reasons for this is cervical osteochondrosis.

Medicines that are commonly used in this case belong to the group of vasodilating drugs:

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Attention! Drugs of this group are taken only under the supervision of a doctor after the necessary blood tests. Self-medication can have the most negative consequences.

The main task of these drugs is to restore normal blood circulation to the brain and damaged areas.

They not only dilate blood vessels, but also have the ability to thin the blood, which prevents the formation of blood clots and is a good prevention of strokes.

Chondroprotectors

A group of drugs that is used in the treatment of degenerative joint diseases as an adjuvant. Medicines slow down the development of pathology and are involved in the regeneration of damaged tissues.

For a long time, it was believed that degenerative changes in the joints occur due to a deficiency of glucosaminoglycans in the human body. These funds have been developed to fill this gap.

However, subsequent studies have shown that there can be no deficiency of glucosaminoglycans and chondroitin sulfates in the body.

Thus, the whole concept of the positive effect of chondroprotectors on the body is called into question, and to date, clinical efficacy has not been proven.

Medications are in the form of ointments, tablets and intramuscular injections. Accepted by long courses from 4 to 6 months.

A slight positive effect can be seen 2-3 months after the start of administration. Contraindications are an allergy to the components of the drug and bleeding disorders.

Vitamins

For the purposes of prevention and additional supportive therapy, osteochondrosis of the cervical spine is treated not only with the above drugs, but also with various vitamin complexes.

Vitamins of group B are of great importance in the regeneration of damaged cartilaginous tissues; they, first of all, favorably affect the state of the nervous system of the body.

To improve the state of muscle tissue, increase the elasticity of blood vessels, it is also advisable to take vitamins A and C – they are powerful antioxidants.

According to experts, it is better to get vitamins from natural products, but if this is not possible, the use of their synthetic analogues will be more rational.

To date, it is not possible to completely cure osteochondrosis.

However, the complex use of drug treatment, physiotherapeutic procedures, exercise therapy complexes for the treatment of osteochondrosis, etc., will help slow down the development of the disease, prolong the remission of the pathology, and thereby significantly improve the quality of life of the patient.

Exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis

Cervical osteochondrosis is a disease that can worsen at almost any stage and at the most unexpected moment.

Causes of exacerbation

The most common causes are:

  • a sharp increase in physical activity,
  • constant stress
  • supercooling,
  • illiterate neck and collar massage,
  • neglect of the disease.

Symptoms

Exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis most often manifests itself in the following symptoms:

  • sharp headaches, especially when trying to turn your head,
  • radiating pain to the shoulders,
  • feeling of excessive tension of the cervical muscles,
  • dizziness.

Treatment of exacerbation at home

A key task in the event of exacerbations of cervical osteochondrosis is the reduction of pain, restoration of neck mobility and relaxation of the neck and shoulder muscles.

Often, medications are used to relieve pain, but remember: medications do not affect the cause of the pain, removing only the symptom. At the same time, the muscles of the cervical spine, which are not involved in the work, continue to atrophy, and the spine continues to “sag”, which ultimately only leads to a worsening of the condition.

Treatment of exacerbation of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine involves the following principles.

  1. Gentle mode of physical activity. Reducing the amount of physical exertion will help relieve pain – however, resorting to extremes and observing bed rest is not recommended, as this can lead to poor blood supply to the tissues, which negatively affects the spine as well. Active movements in the cervical region should be excluded.
  2. Wearing a supporting collar. This measure will allow you to unload the spine, allowing the muscles to relax, and the spinal column to “stretch” slightly, which, in turn, will remove the extra load on the nerve roots. The collar, however, cannot be worn constantly – otherwise, the muscles can “get used” to such support, and it will be more difficult to restore their normal functioning after exacerbation. It is best to wear a collar for 1-1,5 hours with a break of 3-4 hours every day.
  3. Physiotherapy. It’s about doing gentle exercises. Breathing exercises will help relax the muscles of the neck, improve blood oxygen saturation, eliminate muscle hypoxia. Hand exercises will help improve blood circulation, warm muscles, stimulate the nervous system. Exercises for the shoulder girdle associated with the cervical spine have a beneficial effect on the work of the neck muscles. Static exercises for the cervical region, which provide tension and subsequent relaxation of the cervical muscles, also give a good effect. Static exercises increase muscle tone and endurance of the muscles of the neck, helping to effectively combat pain and overstrain in the neck, which occur during exacerbations of cervical osteochondrosis.
  4. Warming ointments are another effective way to combat cervical osteochondrosis. Warming agents help eliminate pain and relax the neck muscles. The use of ointments gives the greatest effect in combination with other methods of treatment. After applying the ointment, you can also use the Kuznetsov applicator, which will also give a good reflex massage.

All of these methods should be used only in certain periods. So, on the first day, exacerbation of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine requires a more gentle regimen – only breathing exercises can be performed, avoiding active loads. You can also use the supporting collar.

On the second or third day, you can already perform exercises for the upper limbs, as well as apply warming agents. As soon as the pain decreases, you can proceed to more active exercises, including static gymnastics for the neck muscles. However, with the resumption of pain, especially during the performance of any exercise, gymnastics should be stopped – until the pain subsides.

Massage and self-massage with exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis

During exacerbations, massage or self-massage is undesirable. During the massage, the cervical tissues are mobilized, and the vertebrae and nerve endings are affected. This can cause increased irritation and lead to more severe pain.

Exacerbation duration

The duration of the exacerbation period is individual for each person, however, with timely treatment started, the exacerbation period will come to naught after a few days. If untreated, exacerbation can last for weeks.

Exacerbation

If cervical osteochondrosis is not treated, then exacerbations can become regular. The following preventive measures will help reduce the risk of re-exacerbation:

  • A visit to a massage therapist or chiropractor
  • Self-massage – self-massage is carried out by performing stroking and kneading movements of the neck and shoulders,
  • Acupuncture sessions (as is the case with massage and manual therapy, an acupuncturist should be warned about the presence of osteochondrosis),
  • Compliance with the diet – it is recommended to include in the diet products containing a large amount of calcium and magnesium (legumes, seafood, nuts, dairy products). It is better to refuse alcohol, since alcohol negatively affects blood circulation.

Swimming affects all muscle groups, including the neck muscles, which strengthens the musculoskeletal body.

Yoga is essentially the same set of therapeutic exercises that help strengthen muscles and skeleton.

Acupuncture is not a traditional oriental medicine that acts on acupuncture points responsible for the health of the cervical region.

Hirudotherapy – treatment with leeches helps to dilate blood vessels, dissolve blood clots and strengthen the walls of blood vessels, which helps to eliminate pinching of nerve endings in the neck.

Injections are done with only one purpose – to relieve pain, but they do not treat the disease itself. After injections, you must definitely undergo physiotherapy courses.

Drug treatment will help to instantly remove the pain syndrome and stop the inflammatory processes, but the disease itself cannot be cured with pills.

Manual therapy will relieve muscle tension, improve blood circulation and help release pinched nerve endings.

Physiotherapy exercises for cervical osteochondrosis strengthens the musculoskeletal body. But it is very important to carry out exercises correctly so as not to harm yourself even more.

Massage as a mandatory therapy is prescribed by almost all doctors. Massage stimulates blood circulation, strengthens muscles and restores former mobility.

Treatment of osteochondrosis with medicines

Currently, osteochondrosis affects a huge number of people. Many of them are not even aware of the problem. Meanwhile, if treatment is not started in time, complications will come that will make themselves felt for the rest of their lives. Osteochondrosis, like many other diseases, is “getting younger” and significantly worsens the quality of life, knocking out of its usual rhythm.

In our article, we will get a little acquainted with the disease itself, and also dwell in detail on the medical method of its treatment.

Osteochondrosis and its types

Osteochondrosis is a deformation of the articular cartilage, bone tissue of the spine and intervertebral discs.

Osteochondrosis happens:

Causes of osteochondrosis:

  • upright posture
  • rachiocampsis,
  • spinal injuries
  • flat feet
  • frequent weight lifting
  • frequent changes in body position,
  • prolonged stay in uncomfortable postures,
  • spinal overload,
  • lack of exercise and obesity,
  • malnutrition
  • stressful conditions.

Stages of osteochondrosis

  1. Due to certain changes in the intervertebral disc, vertebral instability appears. The spine is very prone to injury.
  2. The beginning of the destruction of the fibrous ring of the intervertebral disc. The intervertebral gap decreases.
  3. There is a rupture of the fibrous ring. The gelatinous core of the intervertebral disc protrudes. Due to the formation of an intervertebral hernia, spinal deformity is provoked.
  4. There is a pronounced pain syndrome. Due to the formation of bone growths and ossification of the ligaments of the spine, movements become limited.

Symptoms of osteochondrosis

Lumbar (lumbosacral) department

  • Constant back pain aching in nature.
  • A feeling of aching and numbness in the limbs.
  • Decreased motor activity.
  • Strengthening pain when making sudden movements, lifting weights, physical exertion, during sneezing and coughing.

  • Pain in the arms and shoulders, headaches.
  • Vertebral artery syndrome (burning, throbbing headache, dizziness, noise in the head, colored spots and “flies” in front of the eyes).

  • Pain in the internal organs, in particular the chest (“count” in the chest) and the area of ​​the heart.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis is made at the neurologist’s appointment based on the patient’s complaints (pain, restricted mobility, etc.). The spine is examined by him in the position of the patient standing, sitting and lying (at rest and in motion). When examining the back, attention is drawn to posture, structural features of the trunk, lower angles of the shoulder blades, side contours of the neck and waist, the position of the shoulders, etc. After this, the doctor, as a rule, directs the patient to radiography, computed tomography or MRI, with the help of which the diagnosis is clarified and specified, the degree of damage is determined, and latent abnormalities are revealed. Based on the findings, the neurologist prescribes appropriate treatment. As a rule, this is a complex therapy, including the use of medicines, massage, exercise therapy and other methods.

Therapeutic exercises for osteochondrosis of the lumbar spine

Treatment of osteochondrosis with medicines

To begin with, it should be noted that at the initial stage of development of osteochondrosis in certain cases, you can do without drugs. It will be enough to use therapeutic gymnastics, all kinds of applicators (“Lyapko” roller, Kuznetsov applicator), as well as reducing stress and eliminating other causes of the disease. If the symptoms are gaining strength, and studies have shown characteristic changes, medications should be included that help to influence both the cause and the symptoms of osteochondrosis.

Treatment of osteochondrosis with medicines is indicated during the period of its exacerbation and is aimed at relieving the inflammatory process, stopping the pain syndrome and enhancing metabolic processes due to internal administration or administration of drugs using injections.

Due to the fact that osteochondrosis is a systemic disease that adversely affects various organs and systems, its treatment should be comprehensive. Medicines for the treatment of osteochondrosis carry out the following tasks:

  • anesthesia,
  • removal of inflammation,
  • improvement of blood circulation in affected tissues,
  • cartilage repair
  • returning mobility to the joints,
  • elimination of depression caused by constant pain.

So, what kind of drugs can be prescribed by a neurologist to treat osteochondrosis?

  1. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

Eliminate inflammation and pain. They are used externally (gel, cream), inside (capsules, tablets), and also as an injection (intramuscularly, intravenously, subcutaneously).

  • diclofenac (voltaren, diclac)
  • ibuprofen (nurofen, long)
  • ketoprofen (ketonal, febrofid)
  • nimesulide (nimesil, nise)
  • meloxicam (movalis, movasin)
  1. Vasodilators (vasodilators)

As a result of muscle tension and pain in osteochondrosis, blood vessel constriction occurs. In order to avoid undesirable consequences against this background, the doctor may prescribe pentoxifylline (trental), which dilates blood vessels and improves tissue nutrition, as well as actovegin and berlition for a better restoring effect.

  1. Muscle relaxants (muscle relaxants)

They have a relaxing and calming effect on the muscles. The recovery process without drugs of this group proceeds more slowly, because due to their properties blood circulation is normalized, pain sensations become dull, mobility returns, and affected tissues recover faster. For these purposes, the doctor may be prescribed sirdalud, midocal or baclofen.

Chondroprotectors do not give further destruction, stabilize the condition. Reception of chondroprotectors is long, lifelong, the effect occurs after treatment for a period of at least 6 months. Chondroprotectors are used externally, orally and in the form of injections.

  • glucosamine (don)
  • chondroitin (chondroxide, structure)
  • glucosamine + chondroitin (arthra)
  • glucosamine + chondroitin + vitamins (teraflex)
  • Alflutop (concentrate of 4 species of marine fish)
  1. Sedatives (sedatives)

Prolonged pain can trigger stress and depression. In this case, valerian preparations, motherwort, combined herbal preparations are prescribed. For more severe disorders, antidepressants (symbalta) are used, and sleeping pills (donormil) are used to improve the process of falling asleep and the quality of sleep.

  1. Vitamins and Vitamin and Mineral Complexes

Vitamins of group B are of greater importance here, as they are able to restore the sensitivity of the affected nerve fibers and reduce pain. They are part of such drugs as milgamma (tablets and injection) and neuromultivitis (tablets).

For the purpose of general strengthening of the body, vitamin-mineral complexes (compliance, multi-tabs) can also be prescribed.

Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis with exacerbation

Unfortunately, many are familiar with osteochondrosis. This disease has turned into a real disease of the century. First of all, inactive osteochondrosis is to blame for a sedentary lifestyle, which for most of us is becoming the norm. Problem number two is unbalanced nutrition and alcohol abuse. Oddly enough, but it is food products that have a direct effect on the condition of the spine.

The most common type of this disease is cervical osteochondrosis. The cervical spine is a special risk zone, since the size of the vertebrae is smaller than in other areas of the spine. In addition, the neck does not have such a muscular corset as the rest of the back.

The development of cervical osteochondrosis

The danger is that at first a person often does not realize that he is sick. At the first stage of the development of the disease, the intervertebral discs experience small destructive effects – elasticity decreases, the first small cracks appear, the height of the disc becomes smaller (as a result, the nerve roots begin to compress). There is discomfort in the neck or aching pain.

Treatment for cervical osteochondrosis is prescribed only by a doctor

If the first degree of osteochondrosis passes into the second, then the pain progresses. This is due to the fact that the destruction of the intervertebral disc continues to progress, leading to subluxations of the vertebrae of the neck. The development of the disease, the so-called falling head syndrome, which is characterized by severe pain, may follow. As a result, the patient has to maintain his head – in this position, the pain becomes a little weaker.

The third degree of cervical osteochondrosis has a number of even more unpleasant symptoms: it is nausea, “backache” in the neck, dizziness, weakened hands and, of course, pain.

Exacerbation of osteochondrosis in the neck and its causes

Exacerbation of the disease can occur at any stage. The reason for this is usually:

  • Sharp movements, excessive physical activity, weight lifting. If a person suffering from osteochondrosis in the neck makes a sharp turn or tilts his head, it is not known exactly how his intervertebral discs will respond to this.
  • Nervous situations and stress. Often stressful situations are “fomented” by diseases deep in us: cervical osteochondrosis is no exception.
  • Massage that was not performed by a specialist. If you know that you are suffering from osteochondrosis and are going to a session, it is your responsibility to warn the massage therapist about the disease. Otherwise, the consequences may be the most unpredictable. And, of course, you can not trust your back and neck to a massage therapist, whose competence is in doubt.
  • Changes in weather and hypothermia. Especially often exacerbations of cervical osteochondrosis occur in the fall.
  • A trip to the bath during an exacerbation. A visit to a bathhouse or sauna in itself can be useful, since warming often benefits the patient. But the desire to plunge into cold water or jump out hot in the cold will have to be abandoned, since osteochondrosis will not slow to “thank” you with an even greater exacerbation.
  • Elderly age. The intervertebral discs tend to wear out over the years, so exacerbation of the disease in older people is not surprising.
  • The neglected state of the disease. If osteochondrosis is not treated, exacerbations cannot be avoided.

Symptoms of exacerbation

Symptoms of exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis can be different – it all depends on the degree of progression of the disease. This can be pain in the parietal region, decreased skin sensitivity in the same area, pain in one half of the neck, a feeling of heaviness in the tongue, pain in the clavicle and shoulder girdle. In a particularly acute phase of exacerbation, there may be respiratory failure and pain in the region of the heart or liver. If vertebral artery syndrome occurs, then wave-like headaches may appear, especially “pressing” on the eyes, temples and ears. It happens that an exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis causes pain only in the left or only in the right half of the head, as happens with migraines. Another indicator is a characteristic crunch in the back of the head when tilting the head or during rotation.

As for vision and hearing, fog may appear in front of the eyes, flickering dots and spots. Tinnitus and dizziness are not excluded.

If the pain extends to the arm, then weakening of muscle strength is possible. Pain can also be felt in the hand and fingers.

First aid for exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis

Treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine during exacerbation should be prescribed by a professional. Therefore, if the worsening of the disease caught you when you were at home alone, it is better to call a doctor. Before his arrival, it is advisable to move minimally; the optimal solution is to go to bed. It is allowed to take painkillers (analgin, diclofenac, and so on). These medications are designed to reduce pain and reduce inflammation in the root.

To relieve exacerbation, painkillers are prescribed

Also, the doctor may prescribe chondroprotectors – they should help stop the destructive processes that occur in the disk. However, taking such medications should be quite a long time – about six months. But they will help prevent a repeated exacerbation of osteochondrosis.

Muscle relaxants are also not superfluous – medicines that weaken pathological tension in the muscles. Vascular preparations, B vitamins, diuretics (with constant monitoring) and nootropic drugs are also usually prescribed.

How long does the exacerbation last?

The exacerbation phase in each person proceeds in his own way. The same applies to the duration of the attack. If treatment for exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis was started in a timely and correct manner, there is a chance that the peak of the disease will subside in a few days. In more complex and advanced cases, the period of exacerbations can last several weeks. If the disease is not treated and left to chance, there is a great danger that the repeated exacerbation will not take long to wait – in this case the periods of “lull” will be shorter. To prevent this from happening, it is recommended to prevent exacerbations.

How to reduce the likelihood of re-exacerbation?

A person who has at least once suffered an exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis and has felt his “charms” on himself should do everything possible to prevent repeated attacks. Treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine during exacerbation should be intensive, but it does not follow from this that if the danger is over, you can relax.

It will be useful to visit an experienced massage therapist, who must be notified in advance about problems with the neck. If you can not sign up for a massage, you can limit yourself to self-massage. To do this, it is recommended to make stroking, kneading and vibrational movements in the neck area.

Chiropractor will help prevent relapse

Finding a good manual doctor is a great success. Therefore, if you know this, you can turn to him. Treatment of exacerbation of cervical osteochondrosis as well as preventive procedures may include such manual effects:

  • Massage for relaxation, which is designed to relieve tension from the clamped muscles and warm them up well.
  • Mobilization. The purpose of this effect is the restoration of joint functions using traction.
  • Manipulation. Its essence is that the manual engineer makes a sharp push in the area of ​​the problem zone, as a result of which the joint returns to its natural position.

Acupuncture can also be very useful in preventing exacerbation of osteochondrosis in the neck. Naturally, only a specialist should carry out such a procedure.

Not the least role is played by diet. Patients are advised to focus on foods rich in magnesium and calcium (i.e., legumes, nuts, seafood, fish, and dairy products). You will have to abandon excessive drinking, since alcohol has the ability to negatively affect the circulatory system, which already suffers from osteochondrosis of the neck.

Lifestyle of a person suffering from cervical osteochondrosis

Regarding daily life and daily routines, the following is recommended:

  • Sleep on an orthopedic mattress with a small pillow under your head.
  • Useful hot shower, sauna and bath (except for the period of treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine with exacerbation).
  • Swimming is very beneficial – it helps relieve spasms and strengthens muscles.
  • If you are sitting, you need to take breaks periodically to warm up. In addition, it is advisable even while sitting to try to change position every fifteen minutes.
  • Walking is useful, but it is better to refrain from jumping and running.
  • Exercise, the purpose of which is to strengthen the muscle corset of the neck, is the key to the fight against osteochondrosis.

Like any other ailment, cervical osteochondrosis should be treated as soon as possible. If the disease lurks and “showed claws” only when osteochondrosis has already begun to progress, do not despair. The tips given above should certainly help you!

Morozov Georgiy

Georgy Morozov, rheumatologist. For more than 20 years, he has been involved in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of joint diseases.

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