About 80% of people around the world sooner or later become aware of a disease such as cervical osteochondrosis. Symptoms and home treatment can vary from case to case, so medical attention is still essential. The disease is not fatal, but it is quite difficult to cure it, so the best option would be to use all possible methods, both folk and traditional drugs, to forget about aching pain forever.
The reasons for the development of the disease
Sad statistics show that the number of people who are overtaken by this disease is growing every year. This is due to an incorrect lifestyle, difficult working conditions and a lack of adequate attention to one's health. Despite the high incidence, few people know how to treat cervical osteochondrosis.
If we ignore the manifestations of osteochondrosis of the neck, a generalized form of the disease develops, affecting the entire spine. However, more often the localization remains within the cervical and thoracic vertebrae.
If cervical osteochondrosis is not treated quickly at home, progression can lead to complete immobilization of the patient.
In order to plan effective treatment, attention must be paid to the basics of neck anatomy. One of the most important and largest vessels, the vertebral artery, passes through this section of the human body. It is through this bloodstream that vital nutrients, including oxygen, enter all parts of the brain.
Osteochondrosis is a consequence of the deformation of the intervertebral cartilage and discs, which puts additional stress on the vertebral body. The disease causes degenerative disc changes, inhibiting physiological functions and reducing its height. As the disease progresses, there is a reaction in the endplate of the vertebra. As a result of this process, a narrowing of the spinal canal occurs, the spine is bent.
At first, cervical osteochondrosis does not cause alarming signs. As the disease progresses, the nerve roots are pinched, the space for the spinal cord narrows. The following symptoms appear:
- stiff neck, aching pain;
- tingling and numbness in the limbs;
- constant and specific headache, which increases with any movement and does not go away after taking analgesics;
- lack of coordination;
- emotional instability;
- memory loss;
- noise and ringing in the ears.
What else causes neck pain?
The back and neck can hurt not only due to osteochondrosis. This is just one of the reasons. Such a symptom can be a sign of other diseases that require appropriate treatment:
- strong loads on the muscles;
- constant forced posture;
- joint pathologies;
- fracture of the vertebrae;
- spinal stenosis;
- diseases of the internal organs;
- benign and malignant tumors;
- radiculopathy or nerve root compression.
Osteochondrosis has a distinctive feature. The presence of the disease can be determined by pain in the right half of the chest, in the area of the right arm and forearm. The pain is acute and often short-lived. Pressure pain attacks can also occur, which can be stopped by taking analgesics and NSAIDs.
Since all symptoms can differ in each case and other diseases are treated absolutely, it is best to leave the diagnosis of osteochondrosis to professionals. After establishing the diagnosis and treatment, the therapy can be integrated with traditional medicine. However, treatment alone with homemade ointments and tinctures may not work.
The intensity and duration of therapy directly depend on the degree of the disease and the severity of symptoms. Treatment should focus on maintaining spinal mobility, relieving pain, and preventing nerve and spinal cord injury.
Depending on the form and stage of the disease, specialists, as a rule, prescribe the following drugs for cervical osteochondrosis:
- hormonal drugs that help relieve pain and inflammation;
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that relieve inflammation and relieve pain;
- muscle relaxants that quickly relieve spasms of the cervical muscles;
- medications that relieve seizures and dull pain from nerve damage;
- warming ointments;
- anti-inflammatory ointments.
All these drugs in combination help get rid of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine. Home treatment also involves special exercises that warm up the muscles and target damaged tissues.
When visiting the clinic, a patient with osteochondrosis turns to a therapist. Your doctor can advise which drug is best to take and, if necessary, will refer you to strictly specialized specialists - a neurologist or a physiotherapist. The latter will teach the patient special therapeutic exercises that can be done independently at home. The therapy helps strengthen and stretch the shoulder and neck muscles.
Regular exercise under the supervision of a doctor or family member will quickly get the patient back on their feet and prevent a second case of illness.
Often the patient's condition is so severe, and the associated diseases are so severe that it is impossible to perform physiotherapy exercises. In this case, someone close or relatives can give the patient a special relaxing massage.
It is recommended that you use a pharmacy or homemade medicated oil in the process. The best effect can be achieved by using a relaxing agent with anti-inflammatory herbal extracts.
Principles of massage:
- Do not push!The neck muscles are already in pain, and further intense pressure can provoke another bout of pain. Therefore, it is necessary to work gently with your hands in order not to cause discomfort to the patient. Only the fingers should be involved in the massage.
- Don't make sudden movements!All manipulations should be carried out smoothly.
- Observe the direction!An important rule of massage for osteochondrosis is the observance of the direction from the spine, and not towards it. This is how the blood will saturate the desired areas.
Many experts recommend using massage cups to improve blood circulation. Before the procedure, the skin must be lubricated with petroleum jelly or massage oil. After the can is fixed on the body, it is necessary to wait no more than 6-7 minutes. At the end of the procedure, the area is covered with a warm towel to keep the effect longer.
Traditional medicine suggests using regular bee honey to warm the skin and muscles. Before the procedure, it is necessary to warm the neck with a heating pad, then apply a spoonful of honey to the skin. With light massaging and stroking movements, the honey is whipped into a white mass directly on the affected area. At the end of the procedure, the skin will be red and sensitive, it should be covered with a film and a warm towel or wool scarf. White honey is washed off only in the morning. After the first of such procedures, the patient will feel significant relief.
Simple but effective folk recipes cannot be canceled. Alternative medicine recommends using combinations of various poisons, fats, essential oils, and herbs for neck pain.
- Celery medicine.The root of the vegetable is rubbed on a fine grater or passed through a sieve. Next, squeeze the resulting juice. It is recommended to take this medicine every day to keep it fresh and healthy. One tablespoon of juice should be drunk before meals three times a day.
- Decoction of bay leaves.Pour 15 g of dry bay leaves into an enameled saucepan and pour 300 ml of water at room temperature over it, boiling for 5-7 minutes. After the broth has been infused for 2 to 3 hours, it must be filtered and cooled. Drink in small sips between meals throughout the day. All that remains is a drink before going to bed. The course lasts 4 days, and after a week's break it is recommended to repeat the therapy.
- Collection of medicinal herbs. Mix parsley, chamomile, oregano, hops, nettle and burdock root in equal proportions of 100 g. Pour 1. 5 liters of boiling water into a thermos with a dry mixture and leave for 3 days. Take a filtered drink in a spoon 2 - 3 times a day. Store the medicine in the refrigerator.
The special homemade rubbing will help to enhance the effect of the therapeutic massage. They contain only natural ingredients: oils and herbs.
- Chilli remedy. . . Finely chop two hot red peppers and place them in a tightly closed container. Pepper must be poured with a glass of vegetable oil. The medicine should be tightly closed with a rubber lid and left to infuse in a warm, dark place for one week. When the homemade ointment is ready, it should be rubbed into the collar area with light movements twice a day. It is not recommended to apply a large amount of the product, as the heating effect will sharply turn into a sting, and instead of improving blood circulation, a burn will result.
- Butter cream. . . Mix a raw egg with a tablespoon of flour and the same amount of vinegar. Add 100 g of soft butter. After mixing all the ingredients thoroughly, the product should be left in the refrigerator for 2 - 3 days. A film will appear on the surface of the medicine, which must be removed and start treatment, rubbing the ointment into the skin during the massage. Such a homemade cream is stored for no more than 3 days.
- Burdock wrap. . . In the treatment of osteochondrosis, a mixture of horseradish and burdock has proved effective. Finely chopped roots should be sprinkled with boiling water, wrapped in a cotton cloth and applied to the sore spot 10 times a day. After the course, which is a week, the disease will cease to bother.
Treatment of osteochondrosis with the help of complex therapy quickly brings results. The impact of traditional medicines and traditional medicine has a beneficial effect on restoring the intervertebral discs, maintaining the integrity of the cartilage. However, only a doctor should diagnose "osteochondrosis of the neck".
How to treat this disease at home should also be suggested by a specialist, as improper treatment can lead to disease progression and even disability.
It is worth noting that not all home treatments for this disease show a positive result. Acupuncture, apitherapy, deep massage, and spinal stretching can be harmful. Even if the doctor recommends carrying out such procedures at home, this will only aggravate the situation. Such therapies are performed only by specialists in the clinical setting.