CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

Cervical spondylosis is a common, age-related condition that affects the joints and discs in your cervical spine, which is in your neck. It’s also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis. It develops from the wear and tear of cartilage and bones.

Cervical spondylosis is very common and worsens with age. More than 85 percent of people older than age 60 are affected by cervical spondylosis.

CAUSES

As you age, the bones and cartilage that make up your backbone and neck gradually develop wear and tear. These changes can include dehydrated disks, herniated disks, bone spurs, and stiff ligaments.

SYMPTOMS

Most people with cervical spondylosis don’t have significant symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they typically include pain and stiffness in the neck. One common symptom is pain around the shoulder blade. Some complain of pain along the arm and in the fingers. The pain might increase while standing, sitting, sneezing, coughing, and tilting your neck backward

Other common signs include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • A stiff neck that becomes worse
  • Headaches that mostly occur in the back of the head
  • Tingling or numbness that mainly affects the shoulders and arms, although it can also occur in the legs

DIAGNOSIS

Your doctor will likely start with a physical exam that includes:

  • Checking the range of motion in your neck
  • Testing your reflexes and muscle strength to find out if there’s pressure on your spinal nerves or spinal cord
  • Watching you walk to see if spinal compression is affecting your gait

Imaging tests can provide detailed information to guide diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor might recommend:

  • Neck X-ray. An X-ray can show abnormalities, such as bone spurs, that indicate cervical spondylosis. Neck X-ray can also rule out rare and more serious causes for neck pain and stiffness, such as tumors, infections, or fractures.
  • CT scan. A CT scan can provide more detailed imaging, particularly of bones.
  • MRI. MRI can help pinpoint areas where nerves might be pinched.
  • Myelography. A tracer dye is injected into the spinal canal to provide more detailed X-ray or CT imaging.

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT-

Homeopathic medicines provide symptomatic relief in cervical spondylosis. The medicines are selected basis the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using the Homoeopathic holistic approach.

Following remedies are top grade effective in the treatment of cervical spondylosis:-

Rhus Toxicodendron-

  • Pain and excessive stiffness in the neck.
  • The patient gets relief from warm applications on the neck.
  • Complaint due to injury to the neck.
  • Neck pain from over straining or overuse.

Cimcifuga Racemosa

  • Stiffness and contraction in neck muscles causing the neck stiff.
  • Spine very sensitive, especially the upper part.
  • Pain in the angle of left scapula.

Guaiacum-

  • Severe pain in the neck along with rigidity.
  • Stiff neck and sore shoulders.
  • Stitches between the scapulae to occiput.
  • One-sided stiffness of back from neck to sacrum.

Silicea-

  • Pain from the neck radiates upwards to the head, back of the head, or the entire head.
  • In some cases, the neck pain radiates to the head and settles over the eyes.
  • Pain may be associated with vertigo in some cases. Vertigo mainly arises from looking upwards.

Dulcamara-

  • Pain in small of the back as after long stooping.
  • Stiffness and lameness across the neck and shoulders after getting cold or wet.

Bryonia Alba-

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck that worsens with motion.
  • Taking rest relieves the symptoms.
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