19Feb

Lordosis of the cervical spine: when is it needed treatment?

At the doctor's reception you heard a diagnosis - cervical lordosis. Worried, of course, not quite understanding what he is threatening you. The doctor in a nutshell explained that the problem is serious and it must be dealt with, but what this phenomenon is and why it appeared did not bother to tell.

But you are a modern man, with folded arms, do not intend to sit, and are ready not only to learn the causes of cervical lordosis, but also methods of fighting it. I would not want your interesting, active, active life to depend on some lordosis!

Norm and pathology

From the course of school anatomy, you remember that the spine normally has several bends. Such bends are located in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral parts of the spine. Bends forward are called lordosis, kinks back - kyphoses. It's the Greeks who dubbed them.

Bends of the spine are physiological and pathological. And, as you guessed, today we are interested in a pathological lordosis of the cervical spine.

Now about what is considered to be the norm, and what - the pathology. We will not go into the subtleties of special techniques for examining the spine, let's just say that doctors take X-ray photos of the cervical section for the diagnosis. The lordosis of the neck in the picture is clearly visible, and guided by the size of the angle of the deflection of the spine anteriorly, the doctor makes a conclusion about the presence or absence of pathological lordosis.

measuring the angle of deflection of the spine
This is how the measurement of

is carried out. In the table, we presented data on the magnitude of the deflection angle in the cervical region.

Kind of lordosis

Angle of deflection in degrees

Normal, physiological lordosis

25 -19

Hyperlordosis

35 -26

Lord of the lung

18-13

Lord of the rectified

12 - 10

This table introduced you not only to the values ​​of normal and pathologicalbends of the spine, but also with the main types of lordosis. All the listed varieties, with the exception of physiological lordosis require treatment.

Before to tell, what treatment is supposed at pathological lordosis of a neck, we will stop on symptoms of disease.

Symptoms of pathology

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Whatever the pathological lordosis of the cervical spine, it will always cause a certain symptomatology. Its peculiarity consists in the fact that not only the general well-being but also the working capacity of a person largely depends on the state of health of the cervical vertebrae. In the cervical region are important blood vessels that provide nourishment and blood circulation of the brain. Therefore, any abnormality can cause symptoms similar to neurological:

  • Headache, dizziness, tinnitus, nausea;
  • Increased fatigue and disruption of activities related to mental work;
  • Memory loss and flashing of "flies" before the eyes.

If the rectification of cervical lordosis is observed, the appearance of the patient changes. Due to the fact that the physiological bend is smoothed, the head looks constantly thrown back. This is especially noticeable if we consider a person in profile. In addition to an external defect, the patient may experience:

  • Pains, stiffness when moving in the neck;
  • Numbness or weakness of the upper limbs;
  • Pain in the nape.

How to treat

Treatment of cervical lordosis should be performed only by a doctor! Always remember this and if you have painful symptoms, consult a neurologist or a vertebrologist. It is better if you prefer treatment in a large specialized clinic, where you have the specialists you need. They will decide which methods to choose for the elimination of pathology, and whether you are shown medication.

cervical corset
This is how the cervical corset

We will say at once that the choice of medications is not the only method for treating the pathological lordosis of the neck. Of great importance for the elimination of this ailment are such methods:

  • Extension method;
  • Manual therapy;
  • Massage;
  • Therapeutic physical training;
  • Correction practices with the help of a corset.

Because of the special function of the cervical department - nutrition of the brain - you can not trust your spine in any way to non-specialists! If you decide to use folk medicine or do yoga, first discuss your choice with a doctor, so it will be more correct. But remember that in any case you need to be treated for a long time. The absence of pain is not a sign of recovery. On correcting lordosis, only the picture will reliably tell.

cervical spine