Osteochondrosis is a disease accompanied by rapid aging of the intervertebral discs and the bodies of the vertebrae themselves. This pathology carries a large number of dangers, as untimely treatment can cause irreversible changes in the spine.
To which doctor are treated for osteochondrosis
When any symptoms of a disease appear, the patient goes to the specialist who will help get rid of the disease. That is, it requires a narrowly specialized specialist who has certain knowledge in a particular branch of medicine.
Everyone who has heard firsthand about osteochondrosis understands that this disease is associated with disruption of the musculoskeletal system, however, to which of the doctors need to be addressed in the first place, not everyone knows.
Of course, you can first turn to the therapist, but it's better to go to the neurologist immediately, since very often such a pathology occurs due to neurological disorders.
Neurology is the science of diseases, methods of diagnosis and treatment of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Recently, a specialist in these ailments was called a neuropathologist, but at the moment his modern name is a neurologist. He deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that are not related to changes in the psyche, but are caused by a disturbance in the work of the nervous system.
In the event that a specialist identifies the symptoms of the disease, he will necessarily assign a set of diagnostic studies. And then it will be the turn of the radiologist, specialists in MRI and CT, as well as many other doctors involved in the treatment of diseases of the spine.
Who and how heals cervical osteochondrosis
According to statistics, almost 30% of patients who turn to a neurologist suffer from cervical osteochondrosis, which is why the problem of diagnosis and treatment is very actual nowadays. It should be noted that this disease affects not only the elderly, but also patients who have barely reached the age of 15 - 20 years.
The treatment of this form of osteochondrosis is handled by a narrowly qualified specialist - a vertebro neurologist who perfectly knows all the skills that concern the spine, and is also well versed in all the violations connected with it. This specialist has all the knowledge and skills of general neurology of adults and children. After conducting all the necessary diagnostics and finding out the causes of the disease, it is he who prescribes adequate treatment.
The manual therapist is also a specialist in vertebroneurology, who perfectly knows the anatomy of the vertebral column of patients of all age categories and with the help of hands recognizes any changes in the location of the vertebrae.
Physiotherapists and acupuncture specialists are involved in the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis. At the earliest stages of the disease, manual therapy, as well as special sets of exercises to strengthen and relax the muscles of the neck, helps. Not bad proved to be hirudotherapy( treatment with medical leeches).
In order to find a violation in the musculoskeletal system and to detect the place where the failure occurred, they seek help from the osteopath. Osteopathy is a delicate method of treatment, which is carried out with the help of hands. This specialist does not use any medications or apparatus. His treatment is performed using soft touches and slightly noticeable tissue displacements. The osteopath treats the patient with his hands, working on a certain point of the body, without using any aggressive or traumatic techniques.
Of course, before entrusting your health to an osteopath, you need to undergo a complete diagnostic examination, as there are cases when an immediate surgical intervention is recommended for a patient.
If there are intervertebral hernias, osteophytes or a significant protrusion of intervertebral discs, often only a trauma surgeon can help in the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis.
Manifestations of cervical osteochondrosis
This disease, common among all age groups of patients, usually arises from a sedentary lifestyle, trauma or prolonged forced position of the body. Excess weight, insufficient physical activity and metabolic disorders can also cause cervical osteochondrosis. There are cases when pathology occurs due to genetic factors, and it happens that the culprits are a bad mattress or a very large pillow.
Unfortunately, few of us pay attention to the very first signs of the disease, taking them for normal fatigue or colds. Heaviness in the neck, pain in the neck, tingling in the hands - these are the first swallows of the disease.
Cervical osteochondrosis can develop due to the infringement of the roots of the spinal cord, narrowing of the arteries and veins that pass in the bodies of the cervical vertebrae, and also because of the squeezing of the spinal cord itself.
With the development of the so-called cervical radiculitis( radicular syndrome), pain, tingling and numbness appear not only around the neck, but also in the shoulder, shoulder, arm and front chest area.
Because of the violation of blood supply there are headaches of varying intensity, dizziness, tinnitus, visual impairment, vegetative-vascular dystonia develops.
A very dangerous sign of cervical osteochondrosis is a cardiac syndrome. It manifests itself by the squeezing pains in the heart, which occur as a result of the infringement of the nerves. This leads to increased heart rate, as well as to various violations of the heart rhythm.
When to think about cervical osteochondrosis
- If the head crises in the neck, this indicates changes in the vertebrae and intervertebral discs.
- There are minor pain in the neck.
- Periodically there is numbness, pain and heaviness in the back of the neck and in the neck, giving to the shoulders, head and arms.
All such seemingly insignificant at first glance symptoms, suggest that a person automatically falls into the risk group for the onset of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine. And in this case, the help of a specialist is required.
Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis should be aimed at eliminating the underlying cause of the disease, and not only to reduce its symptoms. And most importantly, it must be safe and effective for the patient, without causing inconveniences and undesirable consequences.
In conclusion, I would like to remind you that only sufficient physical activity, a healthy lifestyle and taking care of your health will help prevent further development of cervical osteochondrosis, as well as avoid serious consequences and complications of the disease.
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And we recommend reading about treatment of osteochondrosis with leeches and see the video "Gymnastics with osteochondrosis".