Osteochondrosis of the cervical spine

Symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis are usually divided into radicular and reflex.

Radicular symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis

There are many nerves coming out of the spine. They are called spinal nerves. Each such nerve gradually branches and follows in a specific area of the body with clearly defined boundaries. This area is called the segmental innervation zone. Each vertebra, disc, nerve and zone are numbered strictly corresponding to each other. If the nerve is exposed, then the symptoms will appear in the zone of segmental innervation corresponding to this nerve, and not anywhere - in an arbitrary place.

in what places is osteochondrosis

Radicular symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis include:

  • Reduction or loss of reflexes;
  • Muscle weakness;
  • Sensory impairment;
  • Radicular pain.

Not all areas of the cervical spine are equally susceptible to pathology. More often the most mobile segments are affected: C3 – C4, C4 – C5, C5 – C6 and C6 – C7. According to the principle - "More movements - more wear and tear".

Zones of innervation of the cervical segments

Osteochondrosis C3 – C4- indicates that the 3rd and 4th cervical vertebrae and the disc between them are affected. In this case, the 4th spinal nerve, which goes to the neck, suffers. The main signs are a decrease in sensitivity around the entire circumference of the neck. There is discomfort, and sometimes pain, in this area.

Osteochondrosis C4 – C5- affects the 5th spinal nerve. Pain from the neck extends over the shoulder girdle to the upper front of the shoulder. Sensitivity decreases along the outer surface of the shoulder. Numbness occurs in the same area. The deltoid muscle must be weakened.

Osteochondrosis C5 – C6is the most common diagnosis. In this case, the 6th spinal nerve suffers. This is manifested by pain from the biceps to the thumb and forefinger along the outer surface of the hand. Sensitivity decreases, numbness or "goose bumps" appears in the same area. And biceps weakness necessarily arises.

Osteochondrosis C6 – C7- affects the 7th spinal nerve. Pain occurs in the triceps area and in the back of the arm. Sensitivity decreases in the area of the middle and ring fingers of the hand. Numbness and "goose bumps" can appear in the same area. Necessarily - weakness of the triceps.

Reflex symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis

Pain in the neck, nape of the collar region - more often in the morning. Difficulty of movement, crunch in the neck. Neck muscle tension. Constant aching pain. Headache. Dizziness. Intracranial pressure. Sharp pains. Weakness in the arms, numbness, "needles" and "goose bumps". Pain in the shoulders, sometimes radiating under the scapula. Burning between the shoulder blades. Burning sensation in the region of the heart - resembles angina pectoris. Pain in the left side of the chest can sometimes radiate to the left arm. Numbness in the hands or fingers. "Lump" in the area of the seventh cervical vertebra. Poor dental health. Rapid visual impairment, temporary darkening or "flies" in the eyes. Decreased vision. Noise or ringing in the ears. Hearing impairment. Nausea, sometimes up to vomiting. Pressure surges. Fainting or light-headedness. Loss of consciousness. Feeling of a lump in the throat, trouble swallowing. Sore throat. Weakening of the voice or hoarseness. Feeling of lack of air. Sleep disturbances, frequent insomnia. Snoring is a consequence of tension in the muscles of the neck. Feeling that I did not get enough sleep. It is difficult to move around, especially in the morning. Impaired coordination of movements - reflected in the gait. General weakness, weakness. Irritability. Fast fatiguability.

Symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis:

  • depend on the stage of osteochondrosis
  • amplified by tilting and turning the head
  • appear more often after 35-45 years old
  • women manifest about 3 times more often than men

You, of course, noticed that the radicular symptoms are defined quite clearly, and the reflex symptoms are very vague and vague. And as you know, everything that does not have clear definitions serves as a convenient cover for professional helplessness. This also applies to reflex symptoms, and such a favorite concept of doctors as "age-related changes". Surely many of you are familiar with the situation when the doctor explained the problem by "reflex" or "age-related" processes. Most people at such moments rightly believe that the doctor simply cannot figure out what is happening and is trying to veil his incompetence in the fog of these "magic words. "

At one time there was a popular phrase: "Every accident has a name, surname and position. "So every disease has its own unique symptoms. And the doctor's duty is to know them clearly. And then there will be no need to admit fog and blame osteochondrosis of the cervical spine for everything. Now you understand how important it is to find an experienced and knowledgeable doctor. The correct diagnosis and treatment results will depend on this.

When choosing a clinic, the main thing is to see an experienced and knowledgeable doctor.

Diagnosis of cervical osteochondrosis is the key to proper treatment

Today there are a number of modern methods of hardware diagnostics of osteochondrosis. The most accurate of these are MRI and CT. But the main method is still clinical diagnosis - this is when an experienced doctor compares data from at least three sources - from the patient's complaints, MRI results and those symptoms that were identified by him during the examination. This allows for the most accurate diagnosis and formation of an effective individual treatment program.

Treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine

As you understood, osteochondrosis is a real "tangle" of symptoms, which, having unraveled, the doctor will relieve you of pain and anguish. But it is not possible to eliminate changes in the vertebrae and discs. Therefore, the words "treatment of osteochondrosis" must be understood correctly. If you are interested in eliminating pain and other suffering, then yes - it is quite possible. And if you conduct an academic discussion on the topic of returning the vertebrae and discs to their original appearance, "like a newborn child, " then no - the past cannot be returned. You need to be realistic, and then you do not fall for the bait of scammers.

  • Don't fall for the scammers!
  • It is impossible to restore the original appearance to the vertebrae and discs!

What is the main treatment method?

Mild manual therapy is the main treatment for cervical osteochondrosis. It is like an antibiotic for pneumonia - you cannot do without it. The rest of the types - massage, medicines, physiotherapy and exercise therapy - are auxiliary.

How does mild manual therapy work?

Disc nutrition is directly related to the muscles surrounding the cervical vertebrae. In addition, the neck muscles themselves are one of the integral causes of pain in osteochondrosis of the cervical spine. Mild manual therapy is a special technique that allows muscles to return to their natural physiology, eliminate spasms, muscle clamps and improve disc nutrition.

The intervertebral discs are the only part of the body that does not have blood vessels and is nourished by proper muscle function.

In addition, for the treatment with the hands, the chiropractor:

  • will take the load off the affected vertebrae and discs and distribute it correctly;
  • will relax your muscles and help them return to normal.

Thanks to this:

  • will relieve the patient from clamps;
  • will improve drive power;
  • will restore the body's motor functions;
  • normalizes blood circulation.

Manual influence mobilizes the internal forces of the body and triggers self-healing mechanisms. Treatment is absolutely safe.

Prevention of cervical osteochondrosis

To avoid relapses, make yourself comfortable sleeping and working conditions. Keep track of your weight and proper nutrition. Maintain your physical activity. But the main thing is not to neglect your health and not save on it. Do not let things take their course. After recovery, try to do at least one supportive gentle manual therapy session every three to six months to reduce risk factors. Do not forget that neglected osteochondrosis leads to complications - protrusion and disc herniation. Remember: your health, first of all, is necessary for you!

Launched osteochondrosis leads to complications - protrusion and disc herniation.