For a positive result in the prevention and treatment of cervical osteochondrosis in women, you need to understand what provokes the disease.
In Greek, "chondros" means cartilage, but this disease affects not only the intervertebral discs, but also the joints of the vertebrae.
Osteochondrosis is a degenerative change in the structure of the body (in this case the spine), which often occurs after thirty-five, and after fifty occurs in every second person. It is the most common provoker of back and neck pain. First, the small muscles and ligaments that hold the vertebrae are affected, then the disease is transmitted to the bones and destroys the intervertebral cartilage, which further provokes more serious health problems.
Cervical osteochondrosis is most common in women. It is divided into three stages, each of which gradually leads to limited mobility.
The human spine consists of 33-35 vertebral bones, between which there are shock absorbers - intervertebral discs. Thanks to them, the human body becomes flexible. The cervix is the most mobile of all the departments and sometimes withstands enormous loads (especially in people with a sedentary lifestyle), while there are many vital arteries and nerve endings. They pass through the vertebrae, are often compressed. As a result, blood circulation is disrupted and nerve root pinching occurs.
The main causes of cervical osteochondrosis in women:
The most common symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis in women are pain and crunch in the neck, a feeling of tightness in the muscles and stiffness when turning the head.
Also indicators of spinal problems are:
All these symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis in women with treatment gradually disappear, which is an indicator of regression of the disease.
The main signs and treatment of cervical osteochondrosis in women do not differ from that of men, although according to statistics, women go to the doctor faster. Men often endure pain and discomfort for a long time, thus exacerbating the situation.
Doctors believe that it is impossible to completely cure this disease, because if degenerative changes have already occurred, there is no reverse process. You can only stop the current progress and prevent deterioration. That is why it is more important to prevent the development of the disease than to try to fix everything later.
The following therapies are currently used:
In women, drug treatment of cervical osteochondrosis is recommended only in the acute stage. It is characterized by severe headache and muscle aches, nausea, limited movement due to suffocated nerve endings. At such times, it is important not to overdo it with painkillers so as not to overload the liver and damage the gastric mucosa.
It is better to limit the use of ointments with a warming effect on days of exacerbation, so as not to provoke swelling of the affected area. If edema is still detected, it is recommended to take diuretics to improve lymph flow. On the other hand, anti-inflammatory gels and ointments can help relieve pain, cramps and discomfort in the neck.
In the future, it makes no sense to use drugs to treat cervical osteochondrosis. Women develop drug addiction very quickly and there will be no suitable result. The only exception is the use of products with chondroitin (to restore cartilage tissue) and calcium complexes, which must be taken by a woman after forty years.
To stop the disease and prevent progress, you need to approach the problem on a large scale. It is necessary to do therapeutic exercises as often as possible, to eat properly, to drink very clean water and often to remember the correct position of the spine during work, avoiding the feeling of muscle stiffness from fatigue and tension. It is also permissible to use traditional medicines. These include compresses and rubbing, herbal teas to stimulate metabolism. The most effective way to fight for health is to consciously influence all factors. Therefore, as soon as signs of cervical osteochondrosis are found in a woman, treatment should be comprehensive and scrupulous.
The most effective and useful way to fight cervical osteochondrosis is therapeutic gymnastics (LFK) and yoga.
When affecting problem areas, these systems are similar when they affect small muscles by stretching and strengthening the entire muscular corset. For adults or very weak people, special exercises from joint gymnastics are most suitable.
Undiagnosed or neglected disease will provoke the formation of protrusions and hernias of the spine, severe migraines and difficulty breathing due to blocked muscles. This will lead to problems with the heart and blood vessels. The brain is particularly affected due to circulatory disorders, which will contribute to stroke. Spinal artery syndrome and spinal stroke are also common among careless people.
In the practice of medicine there are (rarely, but still! ) fatal results due to untimely treatment of cervical osteochondrosis. In women and men, the symptoms of the disease, the effect on the body and the methods of treatment are identical. The child's body can also be affected, but most likely due to a hereditary pathological structure of the spine or birth trauma.
The diet for osteochondrosis should be properly balanced, so it is better to consult a nutritionist. Important: try to consume as little salt and mineral water as possible. When cooking, preference should be given to steam, boiled or, in extreme cases, baked in foil. Salty, smoked, spicy and too fatty foods are excluded from daily use. You need to eat more foods rich in protein (legumes, dairy products, almonds and vegetables) and chondroitin (agar-agar, cartilage). Coffee is forbidden because it promotes the extraction of calcium from the body. Seedlings of cereals and legumes, sesame proved to be very good.
To prevent disease progression, it is important to adhere to an active lifestyle while:
The proverb of the ancients says: "The age of a person is determined by the condition of his spine. " So take care of it and notice in time the changes that occur in it.