Cervical osteochondrosis is a more dangerous type of disease than osteochondrosis of the thoracic and lumbar regions. This fact is explained by the fact that the neck is close to the head. Thus, when the neck structure is damaged, various disorders begin in the work of the brain, organs of vision, hearing and speech.
Therefore, doctors advise to start treatment as soon as the disease is diagnosed. Especially if in the early stages.
Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis at home may also be recommended. Before starting treatment, you should seek detailed instructions and recommendations from your doctor.
Knowing the causes of the development of cervical osteochondrosis is necessary so that treatment is not in vain. However, if the factors contributing to the development of pathology are not eliminated, osteochondrosis can occur again.
The main cause of cervical osteochondrosis:
The cause of the development of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine can be an improper diet. Or there may be some reason. Factors that contribute to the development of pathology will be determined by the doctor in the process of diagnosis. And during and after treatment, it is necessary to eliminate these factors, or try to reduce their pathological influence.
Cervical osteochondrosis can initially develop asymptomatically. Or discomfort in the neck and other symptoms caused by other diseases, fatigue, stress, atmospheric conditions.
However, if there are several symptoms at once, this should be a reason to seek immediate medical attention:
The occurrence of these symptoms is directly related to the dystrophy process itself in the cervical spine. And also with vertebral artery stenosis and compression of nerve tissue - these structures pass through the spinal canal and are damaged by the vertebrae.
If the disease is not treated, sooner or later dangerous complications will arise. First, the patient loses the ability to move freely - this is a disability, a permanent loss of ability to work. Second, the development of pathology is reflected in brain function, which can lead to trauma in a fall, stroke, coma, or death.
All methods of treatment of cervical osteochondrosis can be roughly divided into:
However, most methods of therapy for osteochondrosis are one degree or another, both etiotropic and symptomatic. To cure osteochondrosis quickly, you need to try using all available methods. That is, therapy should be as complete, comprehensive and complex as possible.
Today, surgical methods to treat osteochondrosis are widely used. But in the case of mild illness, its use is not allowed.
Therefore, for home treatment, you need to focus on this conservative method:
Items 1, 3, 4 can also be used during recovery after illness and as a preventative measure (to prevent relapse later).
It is advisable to have a treatment program made by a doctor, or at least agree with it. Otherwise, it can cause even greater ODA danger, which will affect the patient's condition and the cost of treatment.
Without normalizing lifestyle, physical activity and reviewing the daily menu, there will be little taste from the treatment.
What needs to be changed:
You also need to start eating right. After all, with food all the necessary elements are supplied to restore muscles, nerves, cartilage tissue, and vertebral bone tissue. Therefore, food should be rich in protein, vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, vitamins C, E, A, group B).
The main group of pharmacological drugs prescribed by a doctor:
All medications except vitamins and painkillers must be taken in a course. Periodic admission from case to case will not yield results, which will affect the effectiveness of treatment.
At home, the ability to perform physiotherapy is limited. For example, you can simply massage or stretch the spine by contacting a specialist to your home, and not everyone can afford it. But self-massage and physical training are basically real and do not require financial costs.
Self-massage can be done with your hands, as the neck area is quite easy to reach. The self-massage technique is simple - you need to do gentle and folding stroking movements. Very useful for using lubricants, such as petroleum jelly. The main thing is that the procedure does not cause pain.
You can also massage with a towel, rub your neck, or with warm water in the bathroom. Another good option is to take a stick, such as a shovel handle - a round one. Such a stick is placed on the back of the shoulder, grasping the tip and moving it up and down the surface of the neck like a pulling pin. If possible, you can buy a massage kit. Lyapko roller massage is very useful, inexpensive, its effectiveness has been proven.
Neck gymnastics is also quite easy. You need to smoothly make multiple turns, head tilted. However, with the increase of osteochondrosis, exercise is not necessary, as the pain is unbearable. From this, cramps in the neck muscles can begin.
There are many benefits to wearing a custom collar:
However, the collar has its drawbacks. Wearing it does not always suit other people. It may be difficult to study and perform the necessary household chores or labor manipulations. But for the duration of treatment, you should try to wear a collar according to the schedule prescribed by the doctor.
Tying the neck as a method of treatment also has many advantages:
There is only one shortcoming of kinesio tape - the price, but many patients can afford to pay 100 rubles for a 5 meter roll.
For oral treatment you can use:
For treatment with compresses and scrubs, it is useful to use burdock, carrots, red peppers (infusions, decoctions) and tar or clay, which are sold in pharmacies.
Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis at home is quite effective in most cases. If degenerative-dystrophic changes have taken place rapidly, it is recommended to combine home therapy with other methods of treatment. For example, use the services of a physiotherapist, massage therapist, chiropractor.
And if the disease is just beginning to develop, medicines, home procedures and folk methods make it possible to get quick results. That is, to heal the spine without the use of specialist services.