Symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis.

Osteochondrosis is a serious back disease that interferes with the mobility of the vertebrae, changes their location, and pinches the nerve roots. There are types of diseases, among which cervical osteochondrosis is considered serious. The symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis are bright, the diagnosis of the disease is not difficult.

Cervical osteochondrosis involves the destruction of the disc space in the cervical spine. The location of the vertebrae changes, pinching occurs. The disease is fraught with consequences, its symptoms are worth knowing. Every 4 people with back disease have cervical osteochondrosis. The age of patients is decreasing.


neck pain with osteochondrosis

The main and annoying symptom of osteochondrosis is pain. It comes at any time, it does not go away for several days, weeks. The strength and duration of the pain syndrome depend on the stage of the disease. With cervical osteochondrosis, the neck hurts at the site of the dislocation of the focus of inflammation. The disease covers several vertebrae, the pain spreads throughout the neck.

Cervical osteochondrosis differs from varieties, suggests severe symptoms. It is about headache, dizziness. Osteochondrosis causes pinching of the nerve roots, irritation of the nerve fibers located around it. The nucleus of the intervertebral disc is inflamed, as is the surrounding tissues.

There are many arteries and vessels in the neck that suffer from osteochondrosis. Inflamed nerves cause blood vessel spasms, which negatively affects patency. In the vessels, the blood lumen decreases, because they narrow, a smaller volume of blood passes through them. The head and brain suffer from a lack of oxygen. Hence the headache, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting.

Headache, migraine along with neck pain causes a state of despair, depression. To eliminate the symptoms, the doctors put all their efforts to return the patient to his usual rhythm of life. The patient is subject to the relief of symptoms, it is worth knowing the methods, the methods.

Conservative treatment

The symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis require urgent medical attention. A neuropathologist deals with the treatment of diseases of the back. If symptoms of osteochondrosis of the cervicothoracic region appear, a consultation with a cardiologist will be required. Treatment of the disease is complex, versatile. Don't expect the disease to go away after a week or two. The improvement should be noticed in 2-3 weeks, heal - in 3-4 months, if the disease is in the first stage. If a person consults a doctor later, it will not be possible to fully recover from osteochondrosis.

Much depends on the professionalism and experience of the doctor. It is worth compiling a treatment complex that affects different aspects of the disease. The main role is played by drug treatment. Medicine is confidently advancing the development of drugs for osteochondrosis, drugs actively affect the focus of inflammation. The main thing is to choose the right drug.

Conservative treatment involves taking drugs that belong to the groups:

medications for cervical osteochondrosis
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The drugs are aimed at eliminating the focus of inflammation, they act gradually, slowly. For treatment, the patient is prescribed 2-3 courses of NSAIDs, with a two-week break. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have side effects that appear when the course of treatment is delayed for more than 10 days. The gastrointestinal tract suffers.
  • Symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis (neck pain, migraine) require the use of pain relievers, severe pain relievers. They stop the pain for a while. So that the pain does not bother for a long time, accompanying methods are used: self-massage, physiotherapy exercises, manual therapy.
  • Vasodilator drugs are important in the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis. It is used to relieve vasospasm. It is recommended to select carefully, individually. They have many contraindications. Self-selection, no medication recommended. Illiteracy will lead to a worsening of the disease.
  • Chondroprotectors aim at the regeneration of damaged connective tissues. Osteochondrosis thins the disc space and destroys cartilaginous connective tissue. Regeneration without medication is slow, because the microcirculation is altered, the metabolic products do not leave the cells. Chondroprotectors improve microcirculation, remove metabolic products, stimulate metabolic processes in the cells of the affected tissue. Cell regeneration is faster.

Groups of drugs are considered the main ones in the treatment of osteochondrosis of the neck, but drugs alone cannot be dispensed with.

Therapy methods

When prescribing a treatment, the doctor relies on important factors. It is worth finding out whether the patient has an allergy to choose therapy, drugs. The presence of chronic diseases is discovered. The treatment regimen, its duration, directions depend on the collected anamnesis. The history indicates the severity of the disease.

Therapy is not limited to medication. Treatment is supplemented by methods:

  1. Physiotherapy. Includes methods: magnetotherapy, electrophoresis, hydrotherapy, mud therapy, phototherapy. In the treatment of back diseases, the musculoskeletal system, electrophoresis and magnetotherapy are used.
  2. Massage. It is recommended that you trust a qualified masseuse. Massaging the neck area stimulates blood flow, improves mobility of the vertebrae and temporarily relieves pain.
  3. Physiotherapy. An exercise therapy specialist will compose, coordinate a course of exercises that have a beneficial effect on the body, will be an additional method of restoring the body.
  4. Traditional methods. In folk medicine, there are many effective recipes for the treatment of osteochondrosis of the neck. It is worth competently approaching treatment with herbs, natural ingredients, since plants cause allergic reactions and side effects. It is recommended to agree the treatment with a doctor. This will save you from complications and unwanted consequences.

Treatment of the symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis is compiled by a doctor. Self-medication should be excluded, a serious illness requires a professional approach. With the wrong drugs, the positive dynamics are minimized.