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Cervical spondylosis neck pain Homeopathic treatment



The neck, termed as "cervical", means a constricted part of body or organ. Long necks are believed to be beautiful. The neck has its own worth in having the cervical spine, spinal nerves, blood vessels, thyroid gland, food tube (oesophagus), wind tube (trachea), voice box (vocal cord) and muscles to move the head. In this golden age, the neck is often rewarded with a chain or necklace for beauty. Acupuncture and reflexology finds health points in favour of having a chain around the neck, like a ring on the finger. Neck is one of the most important parts of the body, since It holds the head which has the brain It is the condensed pathway of the nerves which emerge from the brain to supply the parts of the body and blood vessels from the heart to supply the brain It gives free movement to the head to look around by remaining as un-fused spine.

Cervical spondylosis is a common degenerative joint disease that is due to aging and time related wear and tear on the cervical vertebrae (bones) of the neck. The deterioration of cervical spondylosis also affects the cartilage, a slippery substance that helps bones to move easily, and the cervical discs, which are pillow-like tissues that allow for and cushion movement of the neck. Cervical spondylosis can lead to abnormal growths (bone spurs) on the cervical vertebrae...

Cervical Spine

The cervical (neck) spine is made up of small circular bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of each other. Between each vertebrae is an intervertebral disc which acts like a shock absorber and allows flexibility of the spine. Muscles and ligaments run between, and are attached to, the vertebrae. Nerves from the spinal cord pass between the vertebrae going to the shoulder, neck, arm, and upper chest.

Cervical Spondylosis:-To an extent, we all develop a degree of degeneration in the vertebrae and discs as we become older. However, cervical spondylosis is a term used if the degree of degeneration is more severe, and causes more symptoms, than is expected for a given age.As the 'discs' degenerate, over many years they become thinner. Sometimes the adjacent vertebrae develop small, rough areas of bone on their edges. The nearby muscles, ligaments, and nerves may become irritated by these degenerative changes which can cause troublesome symptoms.If you are around the age of forty or above and suffering from neck pain, there are good enough chances that the pain in your neck could be cervical spondylosis. Although this disorder can start early but it usually appears around the age of forty. Although cervical spondylosis affects both sexes equally, men tend to develop it at an earlier age than women

Cervical spondylosis is a disorder of the neck spine where the vertebrae (bones in the neck) and the discs (cushions between the vertebrae) start degenerating. This is also known as cervical osteoarthritis.

The degeneration in the bones and the disks occur as a result of wear and tear as one ages. As one ages, the discs loose their elasticity and become drier this causes them to become more brittle .Along with the degeneration of disks, bony out growths also form on the vertebrae which are called as osteophytes. All These degenerative changes in the cervical spine cause compression and pressure on the spinal nerves that come out of the spinal cord producing symptoms of Cervical spondylosis

The symptoms of cervical spondylosis are – pain and stiffness in the neck which is usually progressive in nature; pain and numbness that radiates to the arms hands and fingers, headache that starts from the neck and extends to the back of the head, loss of balance and vertigo (sensation of spinning or whirling with loss of balance)

                                                     

Information of Cervical spondylosis

Cervical SpondylosisWith the increase in number of professionals who sit for hours together doing desk work or sitting for hours in front of the computer and call center jobs which requires continuous sitting in one posture the number of people suffering with cervical spondylosis is on the rise .Cervical spondylosis is a 'wear and tear' of the vertebrae and discs in the neck. It is a common cause of neck pain


Even though many things in the neck could cause neck pain, painintheneck .Pain in the neck the thing which often goes wrong is the spine due to overuse or misuse or non-use. The spine is built for stability and mobility. It is made of supportive small bones which help us to stay erect. The cervical column is the starting point of the spinal column or spines. The degree of rotation of the spines varies with length and the type of facet joints of the vertebrae. As age advances, everything in constant use will have natural degeneration or wear-and-tear phenomenon due to friction on movement. The neck is no exception. In childhood, this wear and tear mechanism is ruled out due to deposition of calcium and growth of the bones, whereas in the case of adult or aged persons is worsened by osteoporosis or osteoarthritis or improper depositions of calcium. We see people carry heavy weights (porters) or a big pot full of water on their head (village ladies). But even a cap or helmet or flower cannot be tolerated by cervical spondlyitis patients.

Mobile connection to cervical pain in Cervical spondylosis

Can you lift 60 pounds with your neck? That's the weight of four bowling balls or an 8-year-old child. And, can you do it for more than two hours per day?

That's right, the average American spends about two hours and 42 minutes on his or her cellphone per day, according to Flurry, a mobile measurement platform.

An adult head weighs 10 to 12 pounds in the neutral position. As the head tilts forward, the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees.

This forward head tilt while using your smartphone adds stress to the spine.


Mobile cervical connection

Shoulder Pain Actually neck pain sometimes in Cervical spondylosis

Inflammation of any of the 14 nerves or eight pairs of joints in the neck can cause neck pain. The joints — or vertebrae — serve as a “hinge” that lets us nod or shake our heads during conversation (no wonder they wear out). In fact, up to 70 percent of 65-year-olds may only have symptomatic arthritis in one or more neck joints.

“Because pain in one area can so often be confused with another, a thorough exam must be done, including range of motion, strength testing and provocative neck and shoulder maneuvers” You may have arthritis or nerve-related neck pain if pain:

  • Radiates to your shoulder blade, or close to or on the side of your neck
  • Electric-like, stabbing, burning or tingling
  • Radiates down past your elbow or even into your hand
  • Persists at rest
  • Radiates down your arm when you extend or twist your neck
  • Is relieved when you support your neck

It’s important to see a specialist to get a thorough physical examination of your neck and shoulder.

 

Shoulder pain may be neck pain

Diagnosis of Cervical Spondylosis

It is better to consult a doctor. Examination of the spine and checking the force and ability to flex the head in front, backways, sideways and rotation of the Pain in the neck head should be done before starting treatment. The weakness, loss of sensation, stiffness and radiation of pain to the hands should be intimated to the doctor for proper diagnosis, since the place of numbness or pain or stiffness or radiation may indicate damage to specific spines or specific nerve roots. As far as investigations are concerned, X-ray and CT or MRI has to be done to arrive at final diagnosis. They often show narrow disc spaces and osteophyte changes – characteristic bamboo spine i.e. with projections (spur). In surgical cases, spino-myelogram is advised.

Physical examination and imaging.

·                  Physical exam - the doctor may identify tender spots along the neck and evaluate your ability to move the neck in various directions. The function of the nerves and muscles in the arms and legs may be tested.

·                  Imaging - X-rays and MRI studies may be used to show bone spur and other abnormalities and reveal the extent of damage to the cervical spine.

 

Causes of Cervical Spondylosis

Pain in the neck region can be caused by a variety of reasons. Different centers in and around the cervical vertebrae are sensitive to pain and problems connected with any of these regions can cause pain. The Periosteum ( The outer layer of the cervical vertebrae ), The anterior and posterior ligaments ( the ligaments which run along the vertebrae and stabilize them ), The facet joints ( the joint formed between the sideward protrusions of the vertebrae ) The para-vertebral muscles are all pain sensitive and any lesions to the above structures are capable of producing pain.

·         Pain, numbness and lack of sensation in the other areas are produced by problems effecting the nerves that emerge from the cervical region. By far, the most common cause of cervical spondylosis is the spasm of the para-vertebral muscles of the neck.

·         The main causes of these problems are

 1) Spondylosis,

2) Herniated inter-vertebral disks,

3) Fibro-myalgia and myo-fascial pain syndromes. Though the three refer to three different    entities, they are interrelated and often super-imposed.

  • The primary cause is the degenerative changes in the inter-vertebral disc with increasing age.
  • The genetic factors ,metabolic factors ,manual labour are some important factors causing degeneration of the intervertebral discs.
  • Degeneration of the inter-vertebral disc occures secondary to Osteo-arthritis,Rheumatoid arthritis,Metastatic carcinoma or lymphomas,either in the bone or vertebral column or in TB spine.
  • Injuries such as automobile accidents with "Whiplash" injury ,atheletic injury and sudden jerks on the arms during  fall down.
  • Outgrowths of bone that sometimes occur with aging.

  With age, osteophytes, or bone spurs form on vertebral bodies, as the body’s way of attempting an increase of the surface area and stabilizing the vertebral joint. Generally not successful in this mission, the bone spurs can become painful as they put pressure on cervical nerves, and in some cases the spinal cord. And may also result in shoulder pain.

The most common symptoms with which these patients approach the doctor

Pain and stiffness in the neck.

The pain and stiffness could be confined to the neck alone

There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the right hand

There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the left hand

There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the back of the head

There could be giddiness associated with pain and stiffness

There could be only pain in the upper arm

 There could be numbness in the tips of the fingers

These above symptoms could all suggest that you could be suffering from a condition known as cervical spondylosis

Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis

 

Pain in the neck. This may spread to the base of the skull and shoulders. Movement of the neck may make the pain worse. The pain sometimes spreads down an arm to a hand or fingers. This is caused by irritation of a nerve which goes to the arm from the spinal cord in the neck. The pain tends to wax and wane with flare-ups from time to time. However, some people develop chronic (persistent) pain.

·   Well the most common symptoms with which these patients approach the doctor are

1-Pain and stiffness in the neck.

2-The pain and stiffness could be confined to the neck alone

3-There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the right hand

4-There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the left hand

5-There could be radiation of the pain from the neck to the back of the head

6-There could be giddiness associated with pain and stiffness

7-There could be only pain in the upper arm 

8-There could be numbness in the tips of the fingers

9-These above symptoms could all suggest that you could be suffering from a condition known as cervical spondylosis

·         Neck stiffness and pain may be worse with upright activities.

·         Numbness and weakness may appear in the arms, hands, and fingers, and weakness in the legs.

·         May feel or hear grinding or popping in the neck when you move.

·         Muscle spasms or headaches.

·         May feel irritable and fatigue, disturb sleep and impair your ability to work

·         Most of the patients suffer eigther Radiculopathy or Myelopathy symptoms.

·         Radiculopathy symptoms (compression of nerve roots originated from the cervical region) include,Pain in the neck-radiating to the shoulder,biceps,top of the shoulders ,upper arms and hands or back of the head.Crunching sounds while moving the neck or shoulder muscles.

·         Numbness and tingling sensation in the arms,hands and fingers-some loss of feeling in the hands andimpairment of reflexes.

·         Muscle weakenss and deteriorationNeck stiffnessHead ache.

Giddiness & Vertigo

Although these spondylitis symptoms occur less frequently, their presence shows that the brain is affected. If ignored, the condition of the person can deteriorate severely, even resulting in blackouts.

Cervical vertigo is a vertigo or dizziness that is provoked by a particular neck posture no matter what the orientation of the head is to gravity. For example, dizziness provoked by turning the head about the vertical axis, while sitting upright. Another definition is "vertigo due to neck disorders" (Ryan and Cope, 1955). We will use the symptom based diagnosis, as we think that the diagnosis base on implication of cause is unrealistic at the present time, given our inability to diagnose cervical vertigo in general at the present writing.

Home Remedies of Self Care Measure

Prevention and management – You can heal yourself if you do things right i.e. simply doing things perfectly can help in relieving the complaints

Do’s

  • Pain in the neck Sleep in a straight position by spreading the arms sideways
  • Use a small pillow i.e. not more than 3-4 inches thickness
  • Check for bike shock absorbers often and use smooth roads
  • Sit erect and use neck in erect posture in all your jobs
  • Take rest or move about once in 1-2 hours in case of working in a constant position
  • Rest your wrist on a table or the elbow on the chair while using the computer
  • Maintaingood posture while reading or working with computers
  • Always work comfortably while doing any job
  • Wear collar while traveling to avoid pain and deterioration
  • Wear warm scarf on cold days
  • Warm up slowly to relax the stiffness, if any
  • Do simple and gentle exercises
  • Take high fibre content diet like vegetables, fruits, etc.
  • Take zinc, selenium, Omega3 fatty acids to have better healing or relief

Don’ts

  • Don’t put hands under the head while sleeping
  • Don’t lift any heavy weight or do any strenuous exercises
  • Don’t massage violently with analgesics, since it can aggravate the complaint
  • Don’t use traction or collar or painkillers or drugs continuously
  • Avoid cold exposures and cold bath
  • Avoid citrus fruits, egg, tomato, potato, since they can precipitate pain

Homoeopathic Treatment:

Homeopathy has a very promising role in the treatment of cervical spondylosis. The long term results of homeopathy are very encouraging. Homoeopathic treatment of cervical spondylosis is dependant upon an important factor i.e. amounts of degenerative changes that have taken place in the bones and the disk. In other words the extent of damage to your spine will determine the speed at which your problem gets cured and also to what extent you get cured. In cases where there are mild to moderate changes in the cervical spine the cure is much faster and the recovery is very substantial. In advanced cases where multiple disk prolapses have occurred, the recovery will be slow and at times will be limited.

It is a very pain in the neck Pain in the neck effective and easy way to attain cure. Homeopathic treatment can reward an effective cure in case of the initial period of the disease. In chronic cases or late start of treatment, Homeopathy can relieve congestion of the spine and compression of the nerves, if there is no fixation of bones. The treatment can also arrest the progressive degenerative changes. In case of a badly deformed spine, it can only help with temporary management of pain. The results of Homoeopathy in managing cervical spondylitis or spondylosis will be marvellous and dramatic compared to other system of medicines or surgical interventions.

One thing everyone should accept is that we cannot do against Nature i.e. if it is due to ageing process, we have to accept it. But, surely, we can live better without any complaints or pain with proper posture and Homeopathic medicines. Likewise, structural damage in advanced cases cannot be cured completely but we can manage the condition without pain. We can aim for near normal in all other cases. If we mask the pain with external applications or painkillers, without treating the actual conditions, then it will lead to complications due to use of the neck in spite of pain or complaints which have been masked

Remember homeopathy primarily is symptom based system of medicine. The medicine is determined by ones individual symptoms

Along with medication we need to realize the importance of prevention of disease

As we get more and more absorbed into modern lifestyle like increased working and prolonged driving hours, sitting in front of computer and television for hours together and sedentary life style, it leads to increased wear and tear in our neck muscles and spine. This is what further predisposes us to early and rapid changes in our bones and vertebrae. Thus lifestyle modifications are the first step in preventing the further degeneration and an early onset of cervical spondylosis.

Exercise your neck and keep active.Aim to keep your neck moving as normally as possible. As far as possible, continue with normal activities. In the past, some people have worn a neck collar for long periods when a flare-up of neck pain developed. It is now known that if you wear a collar for long periods it may cause the neck to 'stiffen up'. So, try to keep your neck as active as possible.Professionals who spend hours doing desk work or in front off the computers should take small breaks in between and try and do simple neck exercisesSome of those neck pains and stiffness which does not improve inspite of exercise and medication are most certainly due to stress. When a person is in constant stress the muscles in the neck goes into spasm and causes pain and stiffness in the neck so it is very important for the doctor to identify the cause and treat it accordingly.

Homeopathic Remedies for Cervical Spondylosis Neck Pain medicines

Besides some of the following ingredients, the product contains Dr Gurpreet Singh Makkar(punjab,India), Research based, highly effective medicines

Lachnanthes Tinctoria:
This is one of the best Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of cervical spondylitis. It is one of the specific remedies for cervical spondylitis and is especially useful in cases with acute pain in the neck region.
Few of its common symptoms are: 
Stiffness and rheumatism of neck. The neck drawn over to one side, usually the right side. Pain in nape of the neck as if dislocated. Chilliness felt in between the shoulder blades. The pain is worse on lying down. Patient feels better from external warmth and is better by walking about.

Phosphoric Acid:
Frequently used for complaints of cervical spondylitis, hairloss, diabetes, hemorrhages, debility, depression, gastro-intestinal affections, sexual complaints, etc.
Complaints frequently come up due to loss of vital fluids from the body and after acute illnesses. Few of its common symptoms of cervical spondylitis are:
Boring pain in between the scapulae. Pain in the back and limbs as if beaten. Over-lifting and over-study frequently causes pain in the nape of the neck and in the occiput. Patient may also develop headache from long lasting grief or exhausted nerves. The pain is worse from drafts especially cold draft. He feels much better with warmth and after a short sleep.

Paris Quadrifolia:
This is one of the specific Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of cervical spondylitis. . Few of its common indications have been described below: 
Sensation of weight and weariness in the nape of the neck and in between the shoulders. Neuralgic pains that begin in the left side of the chest and radiate along the left arm. Much stiffness of the arms due to pain in the neck. It is a very good remedy when the patient develops feeling of numbness in the hands due to the cervical spondylitis. Due to the numbness of the hands, everything the patient holds feel rough.

Kalmia Latifolia:

Neuralgic pains that are shifting in nature, moving downwards, with numbness of the affected parts. Pain from neck shoots down the arm. Aching, bruised, stiff feeling in the neck and the arms. Weakness and numbness (as if paralyzed) of painful parts. Pains shift rapidly, shooting outward, along the nerves. The pain is worse from stooping, bending forward, motion, from becoming cold and lying on left side. In general the patient feels better after being in the recumbent posture.

Causticum:
It is one the best remedies for affections of the musculo-skeletal system, gastro-intestinal system, nervous affections, skin complaints, urinary complaints, sexual disorders, respiratory disorders, etc.

 

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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