Currently, doctors from all over the world are actively fighting against osteochondrosis. Every year the number of patients is growing inexorably, and the age category is people of socially active age (from 20 to 45 years old). What is osteochondrosis? Will the treatment at home be effective or do you still need to see a specialist?
The concept of osteochondrosis means a degenerative-dystrophic process that occurs in the intervertebral discs and other tissues of the spine. In the future, the discs lose their elasticity, sag, which leads to compression of the nerve endings. This causes severe pain in the patient.
If the disease is not treated, it will progress. Over time, bone growths are formed - osteophytes, which are a special protective reaction of the body to increased loads. Pathological growths cause pain radiating to the neck, shoulder, lower back or buttock.
Launched osteochondrosis is fraught with serious complications that can lead to irreversible disability.
First you need to contact a specialist - a neurologist, vertebrologist or surgeon. Further, the doctor will prescribe the necessary studies, which can both confirm osteochondrosis and refute it. After all, it must be borne in mind that back pain can occur with a hernia, arthrosis, spondylosis and even a malignant tumor!
If osteochondrosis was diagnosed, the doctor will write down a treatment regimen aimed at relieving acute pain. As a rule, these are analgesics, anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal drugs, antispasmodics, muscle relaxants, neurovitamins.
In parallel with therapy, it is recommended to additionally do gymnastic exercises and physical education. It is also allowed to use "grandmother's" methods, which, of course, must be approved by the doctor. How to treat osteochondrosis at home?
Traditional medicine is also good because there are practically no contraindications to it. It is also worth noting its availability and cheapness - many ingredients are widely sold on the market, and their price is so low that anyone can buy them.
Unconventional methods can relieve acute or chronic pain, reduce soft tissue inflammation, and normalize blood circulation. To your attention the table "Medicinal components in the fight against osteochondrosis. "
|Folk remedies||Short description|
|Vegetable raw materials (herbs, inflorescences, oils)||They are used both internally (decoctions, tinctures) and externally (ointments, rubbing).|
|Bee preparations (propolis, honey, bee venom)||Used as an ointment, rub, or compress. The drugs have warming and antispasmodic properties.|
|Chemical medicines (dimethyl sulfoxide, iodine, turpentine, alcohol)||Medicines reduce pain, have a warming effect, relieve inflammation. They must be used with caution, since many of them are toxic, and this is fraught with poisoning.|
Now we will take a closer look at the effective methods of home treatment for osteochondrosis that can be used in conjunction with traditional pharmaceuticals.
Herbal ingredients can be collected independently or purchased at pharmacies.
Below we will consider several options for non-traditional therapy:
Also, with osteochondrosis, herbal baths will be relevant. Special herbal preparations are available at the pharmacy. For one water-thermal procedure, use about 300-500 grams of the mixture.
Brew the herbs in a few liters of water in advance, then strain and add to the bathroom. You can also use birch or chestnut leaves, pine needles, chamomile flowers.
Our ancestors, not having a wide range of medicines, had, and, moreover, very effectively, to use beekeeping products against osteochondrosis. Today, many recipes have not lost their relevance, therefore they are widely used among the population.
It is not necessary to keep a beehive for this. Beekeeping products can be purchased on the market, in the places where beekeepers usually display their products.
Below are the methods of home treatment for osteochondrosis:
You can also make massages with honey. This does not require special skills - just take a little warm sweet bee product in your palm (you can warm it up slightly in the microwave) and massage your back with rubbing movements.
The duration of the procedure is about 10 minutes. If the massage is done correctly, then a pronounced reddening of the skin will appear. After that, wrap your back, and then try to avoid drafts and hypothermia for several hours.
Interesting to know! Treatment of osteochondrosis at home can even be extreme. Brave people, normally reacting to bee venom and insect stings in general, have found another, original way of treating degenerative-dystrophic diseases of the spine. For this, an insect was planted on the painful part of the back, which, accordingly, stung the patient. The treatment regimen is as follows: on the first day, one insect was used, on the second, two, and thus the therapy was continued for a week (that is, on the last day there were seven stings from seven bees). On the eighth day, they acted in reverse order, starting with seven bites and so on, ending with one. According to the reviews of our ancestors, the remedy, although painful, but very effective!
All chemicals are used as compresses or applications. As a rule, one or more procedures can already eliminate pain. But, despite this fact, it is necessary to continue the treatment of osteochondrosis at home, otherwise the pain will return soon.
Dimethyl sulfoxide is a medical agent with analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect, it can penetrate deeply into the subcutaneous fat without causing burns and other chemical damage. In addition, it improves the blood supply to soft tissues, which is very important in the treatment of pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, in particular, the spine. Most patients tolerate the drug well, feeling only a slight tingling sensation and burning sensation.
Recipes for osteochondrosis with DMSO:
Remember! The shelf life of the medicine is one day. Thus, a fresh mixture should be diluted daily, otherwise the desired therapeutic effect may not be achieved.
In addition to dimethyl sulfoxide, other medications can also be used to help manage unbearable pain effectively.
To your attention, simple and popular recipes:
If, when applying a chemical to the skin, such unpleasant sensations as severe itching, redness, irritation occur, then the treatment should be stopped immediately. Perhaps this is a manifestation of an allergic reaction to a certain medication.
We all remember from childhood that hypothermia can provoke many diseases. But it's not always the case. It turns out that cold can even be treated.
Attention! Carrying out such an event requires utmost care!
Treatment of osteochondrosis with ice - a few facts:
You can also massage with ice. The duration of the session should not exceed five minutes, otherwise frostbite is possible.
It is recommended to carry out about five to seven approaches per day. Massage should be done carefully, while ice is placed in a tissue bag. Not only the painful focus should be subject to treatment, but also the nearby tissues (the diameter should be about ten centimeters).
All of the above methods of treating osteochondrosis at home will be effective only if the patient carefully follows all the prescriptions prescribed by the attending physician. If you neglect doctor's advice and perform therapy partially (or completely ignore it), you can face serious complications of osteochondrosis, such as intervertebral hernia, disc protrusion, spondylosis, stenosis of the spinal canal.