Cervical osteochondrosis is a more dangerous type of disease than chest and lumbar osteochondrosis. This fact is explained by the fact that the neck is in the immediate vicinity of the head. Therefore, when the structure of the neck is damaged, various disorders begin in the work of the brain, visual organs, hearing and speech.
Therefore, doctors recommend starting treatment as soon as the disease is diagnosed. Especially if you are in the early stages.
Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis at home may even be recommended. You should receive detailed instructions and suggestions from your doctor immediately before starting treatment.
Knowledge of the causes of cervical osteochondrosis is necessary to ensure that treatment is not in vain. After all, if the factors contributing to the development of the pathology are not eliminated, osteochondrosis may recur.
Main causes of osteochondrosis of the neck:
The cause of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine can even be a poor diet. Or there may be more reasons. The factors that contribute to the development of the pathology are determined by the doctor in the process of diagnosis. And during and after treatment, it will be necessary to eliminate these factors or try to reduce their pathological effects.
Cervical osteochondrosis may initially develop asymptomatically. Or the discomfort in the neck and other signs can be attributed to other illnesses, fatigue, stress, atmospheric conditions.
However, if you have more than one symptom at the same time, this should be treated immediately:
The occurrence of these symptoms is directly related to the dystrophic processes within the cervical spine themselves. And also with narrowing of the vertebral artery and compression of nerve tissue - these structures pass through the spinal canal and are damaged by the vertebrae.
If left untreated, dangerous complications can occur sooner or later. First, the patient loses the ability to move freely - it is a disability, a permanent disability. Second, the progression of the pathology is reflected in brain function, which can result in trauma in a fall, stroke, coma, or death.
All methods for treating cervical osteochondrosis can be broadly divided into:
However, most therapies for osteochondrosis are to one degree or another etiotropic and symptomatic. To cure osteochondrosis quickly, you should try to use all available methods. That is, the therapy should be as complete, comprehensive, and complex as possible.
Surgical methods for treating osteochondrosis are widely used today. But in the case of mild forms of the disease, their use is not justified.
Therefore, for home treatment, you should focus on these conservative methods:
Items 1, 3, 4 can also be used during post-disease rehabilitation and as preventive measures (to prevent future relapse).
It is desirable that the treatment program be drawn up by a doctor, or at least agreed with it. Otherwise, it is possible to cause even greater damage to the health of ODA, which significantly affects the patient’s condition and the cost of treatment.
Treatment will make little sense without a lifestyle, normalization of physical activity, and a review of your daily menu.
What to change:
You also need to start eating right. After all, they are nourished with all the necessary elements to restore the muscle, nerve, cartilage, and bone tissue of the vertebrae. Accordingly, the food should be rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, vitamins C, E, A, group B).
The main groups of pharmacological drugs prescribed by doctors are:
All medications should be taken in courses except vitamins and painkillers. Occasional admission does not yield results, which affects the effectiveness of treatment.
The ability to perform physiotherapy at home is limited. For example, you can only massage or stretch your spine if you call a professional into your home and not everyone can afford it. But self-massage and elementary physical exercises are quite real and do not require financial costs.
Self-massage can be done with your hands, as the neck is fairly easily accessible. The self-massage technique is simple - you need to perform soft caressing and creasing movements. It is useful to use a lubricant such as Vaseline. The point is that the procedure does not cause pain.
You can massage with a towel, rubbing your neck, or with a stream of warm water in the shower. Another good option is to buy a stick like a shovel handle - a round. Such a stick is placed on the back of the shoulders, grabbing the ends and guiding it up and down the neck like a rolling pin. If possible, you can buy massage equipment. Lyapko roller massager is very useful, not expensive, its effectiveness has been proven.
neck gymnastics is also very simple. You have to make the various turns and head decisions smoothly. However, as osteochondrosis worsens, exercises do not need to be performed as the pain may simply be unbearable. This can start the cramps in the muscles of the neck.
There are several benefits to wearing a custom collar:
However, the collar has its drawbacks. Wearing it is not always appropriate in the company of other people. It can also be difficult to review and perform necessary household chores or labor manipulations. But for the duration of treatment, you should try to wear a collar according to a schedule set by your doctor.
Neck wrapping as a method of treatment has several advantages:
Kinesia tapes have only one drawback - the goods, but many patients can afford to pay 100 rubles for a 5-meter roll.
For oral use:
For treatment with compaction and rubbing, it is useful to use pharmacy-marketed burdock, horseradish, red pepper (infusions, decoctions) and tar or clay.
Treating cervical osteochondrosis at home is quite effective in most cases. If the degenerative-dystrophic changes have already progressed vigorously, it is recommended to combine home therapy with other treatment methods. Use the services of a physiotherapist, massage therapist, chiropractor, for example.
And if the disease has only just begun to progress, medications, home procedures, and folk methods will allow for quick results. That is, healing the spine without having to turn to the services of professionals.