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Cervical spine protrusion: symptoms and treatment

Pain in the neck Cervical spine is a disease of the spine that results from the protrusion of the intervertebral disc, due to degenerative-dystrophic processes and is progressive.

Pathology develops slowly and initially does not show any symptoms. The main enemy of intervertebral discs , is dehydration, which occurs as a result of aging of the body.

Protrusion occurs due to a decrease in the strength of the walls of the discs, the gelatinous nucleus begins to exert pressure on the cartilage ring, and then protrudes outward. The size of the protrusion in the neck is 1-5 mm, and in the dorsal region from 1 to 12 mm.

Causes of the development of the disease

A protrusion in the cervical region can manifest as after traumatic consequences of the neck, stretching of the muscles, fractures and strong overloads. The main causes of the development of the disease also include :

  • Lordosis( curvature of the spinal column back);
  • Kyphosis( curvature of the spinal column forward);
  • Scoliosis( curvature of the spinal column to the side);Osteoporosis( brittle bones).

The neck is a little defended and refined part of the back, many nerve roots accumulate in it, which makes this area very vulnerable. As a consequence, the protrusion in the cervical region is the most dangerous condition, in relation to its occurrence in other areas of the spine.

Symptoms of

The typical symptoms of begin to appear in the late stages of the disease, when the disc reaches a significant degree of convexity. They can have:

  • Sleep disorders and irritability;
  • Decreased mental activity and headaches;
  • Weakening of the muscles of the hands, which is manifested by a feeling of weakness when performing normal physical exercises;
  • Feeling of crawling crawling in the upper limbs or loss of sensitivity( possible on one side or at once two);
  • Frequent sensations of pain in the neck region, radiating into the inter-flecha area, ear, shoulder or arm.
In some patients, a non-constant increase in the level of pressure - compensatory hypertension. This is due to the desire of the body to maintain the amount of blood flow that flows through the cerebral vessels. Against the background of this disease, they can be affected again as a result of pathological changes.

Symptoms of protruding of the cervical spine also depend on the degree of severity of the pathology that develops in the 3 stages of the :

  1. Under the constant pressure of the disk, the pulpous core collapses and the fibrous structure of the ring becomes loose;
  2. A 4 mm disc runs into the spinal canal;
  3. The integrity of the fibrous ring is violated and subsequently the pulpous substance is partially dropped out.

Finally, a herniated disc of the cervical spine appears, and the symptoms begin to be felt by the person.

Diagnosis of the disease

Stages of development of vertebral disease Before the appointment of a doctor, the doctor must conduct a diagnosis to the patient. This is necessary to exclude other diseases that show similar symptoms, and to achieve maximum positive results in treatment. The following research methods are used as diagnostics:
  1. Computed tomography( CT);
  2. Magnetic resonance imaging( MRI).Thanks to this method, you can get all the information about the disease. It is safer and more informative than CT.

With the timely provision of relief, protrusion clearance is observed in 9 cases out of 10.

Treatment methods

At the heart of the treatment is the use of all medical measures in the complex. This approach gives more effective results. The main methods of treatment of protrusions of the cervical spine are:

Medical therapy

This direction is symptomatic, and is listed as an additional measure. As drugs, painkillers and non-steroidal drugs are prescribed. Immunostimulants, mineral and vitamin complexes are indicated for general strengthening of the body, which the doctor prescribes, taking into account the stage of the development of the disease. These medicines include :

  • Naproxen;
  • celecoxib;
  • Aspirin;
  • Ibuprofen;
  • Metocarbamol;
  • Cyclobenzaprine;
  • Carisoprodol
Do not take medicines without the appointment of a qualified person in the field.

Physiotherapy

This method is used to stimulate blood circulation, as well as metabolic processes of tissues affected by the disease. The most effective procedures in this direction are:

  • Magnetotherapy;
  • Myostimulation;
  • Paraffinotherapy;
  • Electrophoresis.
This method of treatment is more suitable to use after the period of exacerbation.

Massage

Massage procedures, like physiotherapy, are not recommended during the period of exacerbation of the disease. In severe clinical manifestations, you can massage only the hands, shoulders and thoracic part. When the period of exacerbation is over, a neck massage, which strengthens, on the cervical muscular skeleton is possible and helps to restore the initial position of the disc while reducing the size of the protrusion.

In the process of massage, the vertebra spines try to protect the nerve roots from compression in the future "however" the symptoms can worsen even as a result of the slight movement of the vertebrae that occurs when pressing.

Exercises

Exercise therapy with spines with spine This technique helps to strengthen the muscular tissue in the cervical spine. During the exercises, the exercise complex is aimed at tilting the trunk in both directions, pulling the chin to the sternum and tipping back to the head.

During training, you must not make sharp and strong head movements.

Here are some of them:

  1. Standing in front of the mirror to direct your head forward, take your shoulders back a little. Chin tilted down to the sensation of an easy stretch in the front of the neck. After that, the chin should be strained and move it a little back, strengthening the stretching. In this situation, you need to stay, counting to two and then return to the starting position. Run 10 times;
  2. Standing straight you need to take your shoulders back and relax your neck muscles, then slowly raise your chin, up and down. Stay in this position for 15 seconds, then return to the original position. Repeat 5 times;
  3. Put your hands behind your back and twist your fingers between your hands, then raise your arms, up to the feeling of stretching in the front of your shoulders and stay for 10 seconds. Return to the original position and do the exercise 2 more times;
  4. Standing straight to put your feet apart and look forward, bend your hands, at the elbow joints trying to get your hands to the collarbone. Pull your arms in the elbows and pull your shoulders back, imagining that the shoulder blades touch each other, take a deep breath and 20 seconds.stay in this position, finish the exercise and do 3 more times.
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Physiotherapy can also be performed during an exacerbation, since the treatment includes gentle exercises. They are best performed under the supervision of a specialist - it will be more effective and lead to a quick recovery. The complex of exercises is selected by the doctor, each separately, which depends on the stage and degree of severity of the disease.

In addition to the listed methods of treatment, many others are used, which by their action activate the metabolic processes, improving blood circulation and eliminating the obstacles of energy and muscle in the fight against stagnant phenomena that form in the spine. Due to the mechanism of their action, the normal functions of the intervertebral discs are restored. These methods include:

  • Hirudotherapy;
  • Mixotherapy;
  • Stone therapy;
  • Acupuncture;
  • Acupressure;
  • Vacuum Therapy.

In case of ineffectiveness of the above measures, a surgical method of treatment is indicated. The medicine of our time has a qualitative new technique called "Laser Valorization" .The essence of this treatment is the partial laser removal of the gelatinous nucleus, thereby reducing the size of the disc. As a result of this procedure, he returns to the starting position.

Problems in the treatment of

The main problem in the treatment of protrusion of cervical spine discs is inability to provide this department with the resting , because it is the most mobile in the spine. In this regard, the doctor is looking for a suitable method to pull and fix the spine, while you have to impose on the neck area a special collar that removes the extra load from the affected disc.

Prevention of disease

Prophylaxis of pain in the back

Prevention of neck protrusion

As a preventive measure, the following recommendations should be observed:

  • Be able to lift heavy objects correctly;
  • Follow the posture( keep it right);
  • No smoking;
  • Track weight;
  • To eat properly to optimally provide the body with an increase in body tone and also immunity;
  • Regularly perform physical exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles of the neck and back.

To achieve the desired result in treatment, it is possible only with the help of a qualified specialist who will prescribe the correct treatment and will keep it under control until the patient recovers completely.

With the help of regular exercise the body will remain physically fit. Correct posture will give a significant delay to the age-related wear of all organs, including fibrous tissue of the discs of the intervertebral department.

Video: Manual exercises for the cervical spine

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Treatment for the protrusion of the cervical spine

The protrusion of the cervical spine is a rather severe and extremely dangerous disease. This is due to the fact that the cervical region is extremely vulnerable - the vertebral canal here is very thin, at the same time, a lot of nerve channels pass through it.

How does this disease occur?

In a healthy state, the cervical discs successfully amortize the movements of the vertebrae and make it possible to compensate for the load on the spine. But as a result of the impact of negative factors, they begin to lose their damping properties. And then the problems in the spine begin. ..

This is what the intervertebral discs of

look like. It starts with a reminder that intervertebral discs do not feed through blood vessels, but get the microelements and nutrients they need by diffusion from neighboring tissues. If the blood supply of the surrounding tissues is disturbed( why this can happen, we'll talk further), then the intervertebral disc is on a "hungry ration", which affects it not in the best way. At first, the core of the disk begins to lose water, as a result of which it loses its damping properties. At the same time, the lack of nutrients and the fibrous ring, which keeps the core of the disk in the intervertebral space, suffers.

As a result, a degenerative-degenerative process develops. The fibrous ring begins to "give way", it loses density and elasticity, microcracks begin to appear on it. At the same time, the pulp nucleus of the disk became more rigid, and the load from it did not disappear anywhere. At this stage of the development of the disease, pain is not yet there, only slight discomfort and a feeling of constant fatigue is possible.

Due to the fact that the core has become more rigid, it begins to press on the fibrous ring, which also suffered from a lack of nutrients. It should be noted that by the time when protrusion of cervical discs is formed, the structure of the fibrous ring is already destroyed by 60-70 percent. Due to the pressure exerted by the nucleus and the weakening of the structure of the fibrous ring, protrusion appears.

In general, it can be said that protrusion is a protrusion of the intervertebral disc for its anatomical limits.

The reasons for the appearance of protrusion in the cervical disc

Let's figure out what are the main reasons for the appearance of this disease in humans.

Very often the cause of protrusion is a variety of injuries, diseases of internal organs and infections, as a result of which the metabolism in the cervical spine is disturbed. It is believed that in some cases the emergence of protrusion may be due to hereditary factors.

Wrong posture is the cause of protrusion

Wrong posture is the cause of protrusion

If a person already has spine diseases( osteochondrosis, kyphosis, scoliosis, etc.), they can also cause protrusions. However, the disease can come and quite unexpectedly due to age-related changes, for example.

But the most obvious reason for the emergence of protrusions is incorrect posture and the resultant excessive load on the cervical spine. This is especially true of people who, due to their professional duties, are forced to spend a long time with a bowed head or in an uncomfortable position. This, for example, typists and PC operators who spend almost a whole day in one position( with a slightly tilted head forward), while leading a sedentary lifestyle, which leads to a metabolic disorder. Since nutrients are delivered to the intervertebral disc by diffusion, the almost complete lack of exercise affects very negatively on this process. At the same time, some neck muscles are constantly overloaded, which can also cause pain.

What are the symptoms that accompany this disease?

As we have already said, the cervical spine is very vulnerable due to the narrowness of the spinal canal. The main problem is the fact that the compression of nerve roots in this case can be not only the cause of the appearance of pain, but also seriously affect the entire body. So, let's see what symptoms accompany this disease.

Quite logical and expected in this disease will be a chronic or acute sensation of pain in the neck. In this case, the pain can "give" in the shoulder and arm.

Unfortunately, the compression of the nerve roots in the cervical spine leads to a number of symptoms that are not at all connected with pain in the neck. In particular, the numbness of the hands can be felt, there may be a violation of the sensitivity of the fingers, often a feeling of "crawling creepy."

But if these symptoms can still be associated with pain in the neck, then some seem completely independent. For example, sharp jumps of arterial pressure can occur, dizziness and headaches( often they appear combined), there is an incomprehensible noise in the ears. There may even be increased irritability, which in general "does not fit" with neck problems. That is why sometimes it turns out that a person for a long time unsuccessfully tries to be treated and complains of heart problems, although doctors do not see the reasons for the constant pressure jumps during the research. And the reason, it turns out, is hidden in the neck in the form of a small protrusion, irritating the nerve root and practically not causing pain syndrome.

Yes, and the perception of many people from the region "will bite and stop" plays into the hands of a disease that is gradually progressing.

What is the danger of a protrusion in the cervical region?

If you find yourself experiencing some of the symptoms described above, then you should immediately consult a doctor. Please note that the cervical department is extremely vulnerable, as we have already said. If in other parts of the spine the intervertebral protrusion of 3-4 millimeters can long remain unnoticed, then for the cervical part a protrusion of 1 millimeter is already a serious problem and the cause of the onset of pain syndrome.

Moreover, a strongly protruding protrusion can seriously squeeze one of the arteries passing near the spine. These arteries nourish the brain with blood, so that their compression may well lead to stroke and even paralysis.

Around the diseased segment, ligaments and muscles often become inflamed, which causes additional harm to the body and can cause cervical radiculitis, which is an intractable and very painful disease.

The main problems in the treatment of this problem

In the vast majority of cases, protrusion of the disk in the cervical spine is well suited to conservative treatment. Such treatment involves the removal of pain and swelling of soft tissues, restoration of sensitivity in the affected area, restoration of the spine.

Protrusion of the disk in the cervical region well suits the conservative treatment of

One of the main problems in the treatment of protrusion of the disk in the cervical spine is the inability to provide a sufficiently long rest, since this is the most mobile part in the entire spine. Therefore, the doctor always tries to find a way to extend and fix the spinal column, flesh before using special collars. This allows you to remove the additional load on the affected disk.

After this, the doctor prescribes the use of analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The goal is clear - it is necessary to remove the pain syndrome, which exacerbates the patient, and also to eliminate the inflammation and edema that have appeared. The use of such drugs can significantly reduce pain, and with the removal of inflammation, the compression of the nerve roots decreases, so that the symptoms of the disease become weaker or completely disappear.

But the treatment is far from over, although the symptoms have disappeared - the protrusion has remained in place. In the future, the doctor, if necessary, appoints massages, reflexology or manual therapy. Also, almost always prescribed treatment with physiotherapy methods and a course of therapeutic gymnastics.

Treatment of such a disease must necessarily be combined, its task is not just to eliminate the symptoms of the disease, but to restore normal functioning of the spine. It is very important to provide an improvement in the condition of the muscles that are adjacent to the diseased disk - it is the muscles and ligaments that will reduce the size of the protrusion.

In the future, a person should take care of his spine - to develop a new motor stereotype that will avoid provocative movements, maintain the condition of the muscular corset of the neck, and lead a mobile lifestyle. Exercises, which are offered by a doctor with protrusion of the cervical spine, will need to be carried out in the future independently.

But in any case, it should be remembered that the protrusion of the cervical spine is a very serious illness, self-medication in this case is unacceptable, since it can lead to truly tragic consequences.

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Causes of protrusion in the cervical part of

The emergence of protrusion in the cervical part of

Cervical discs, while in a healthy state, successfully perform their function of shock absorbers during the movement of the vertebrae, thereby compensating for the burden on the spine. But gradually under the influence of negative factors these properties are lost .It is then that the spine starts all the problems, including the protrusion of the intervertebral discs of the cervical spine.

It should be recalled that vertebral disks receive all the necessary nutrients and trace elements not through blood vessels, but through diffusion from nearby tissues. Therefore, if there is a failure in the blood supply of surrounding tissues, then on the "hungry ration" is the intervertebral disc itself.

Such changes affect it not in the best way. Initially the core of the disk loses water , which leads to loss of damping properties. Simultaneously with the disk, the fibrous ring also suffers, which also lacks nutritious elements. It is the ring that keeps the core of the disk in the intervertebral space.

As a result of such changes, the degenerative-dystrophic process develops. The fibrous ring begins to lose its functionality - it loses elasticity and density, microcracks appear.

The pulp core itself becomes stiffer, while the load on it is nowhere to be lost. At this stage of the development of the disease, no pain sensations are observed, only a feeling of constant fatigue and mild discomfort are likely.

As the core itself becomes rigid, the undergoes increased pressure on the fibrous ring , which has already suffered from a lack of nutrients.

And by the time when there are protrusions of discs in the cervical region, the structure of the fibrous ring already has a disruption of about 60-70%.It is because of the pressure of the nucleus on the fibrous ring and its weakening that protrusion occurs.

If to say in general, the protrusion of the cervical disc is the protrusion of the intervertebral disc beyond its limits.

Causes of

As a result of the following reasons, there is an increased or uneven load on the discs, which in combination with a lack of nutrients and water in the core of the disc and its outer shell leads to changes in degenerative-dystrophic nature.

The main causes that cause the protrusion of in the cervical department are:

  • birth injuries;
  • fractures and microtrauma of the spine;
  • violation of posture, which causes an increased strain on the cervical spine( most often with prolonged sitting and hypodynamia);
  • diseases of the spine: osteoporosis, deforming arthrosis of the joints of the spine, osteochondrosis, spondylolisthesis( displacement of the vertebra back or forward).

Secondary factors to which attention should be paid are: excessive body weight, pregnancy, spine tumors, systematic weight-bearing.

Symptoms of the disease

It is necessary to know that even at first glance, a slight displacement of the cervical disc( even by 1 mm) can lead to certain clinical manifestations: vegetative and neurodystrophic.

These two groups of manifestations include such symptoms:

  • sleep disorder;
  • pain in the neck, cervicalgia or cervicago;
  • a violation of the sensitive susceptibility of , a decrease in the volume of movements of the upper limbs and also in the shoulder girdle against a background of specific unpleasant sensations( cutaneous paresthesias);
  • variability in blood pressure;
  • sensation of noise, ringing in the ears or dizziness;
  • headache, limitations in the cervical movement;
  • irritability, tearfulness, quite fast fatigue - a kind of change in behavior and personality.

What is the danger of the disease?

In most cases, protrusion of the cervical disc does not have any serious complications. Despite this fact, the cervical department is very susceptible to a variety of diseases. Because of the instability of the vertebrae, the occurrence of oxygen starvation ( hypoxia) of brain cells is likely, which is accompanied by irregular loss of consciousness.

It should be noted that if in other parts of the spine the loss of up to 4 mm of the intervertebral disc does not lead to serious consequences, then in the cervical region a bulge at C5-C6 and C6-C7 to 3 mm can cause paralysis of the hands and cause cerebral hemorrhage( stroke).

Around the vertebrae and discs that are damaged there is active inflammation of the ligaments, which leads to sharp pain in the nape when lifting hands up or head inclinations( cervical radiculitis).Complications in many respects depend on what kind of protrusion is protrusion:

  • foraminal-circular hernias;
  • circular posterior protrusions of intervertebral discs;
  • circular or uniform protrusions.

Rear protrusions of circular discs are directed to the region of the spinal canal. Only by applying in a timely manner to the specialist can any complications of the disease be avoided. Often there is an intervertebral hernia in the lesion of such disks of the spine as C4-C5 and C6-C7.

Pain syndrome may occur if compression of the nerve roots occurs. Compression of the vertebral artery occurs accompanied by a violation of the blood supply to the brain and affects the center of urination and defecation.

In such cases, protrusion of the cervical spine discs should be treated immediately in order to avoid unfavorable prognosis.

Diagnostics and treatment methods

For the correct and positive treatment, a qualified specialist first of all assigns the necessary diagnostic measures. First of all, in order to distinguish the protrusion from other possible diseases with similar symptoms, and also for the treatment to be most effective.

Methods for diagnosing protrusion in the cervical part of :

  • CT( computed tomography) - often this one method is not enough for correct diagnosis and for determination with the method of treatment;
  • MRI( magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic method that is considered safe and most informative. Thanks to MRI, it is possible to get the most complete picture of the disease, and diagnostics makes it clear how to treat protrusions of discs.

The timely provision of assistance allows you to safely get rid of the disease in 9 out of 10 cases. Treatment should be directed to for all medical procedures in the complex, then getting rid of the protrusion will be simple and quick. It should be considered which of the methods of complex treatment are used for cervical protrusions:

Method of medicamentous

Has a symptomatic direction and is considered rather an additional measure. Therapy with medication means the use of drugs that relieve pain. Drugs from the non-steroid group are also used. To strengthen the body as a whole, is prescribed mineral and vitamin complexes, immunostimulants.

Physiotherapeutic method

It is used as a stimulator of metabolic processes and blood circulation in tissues that are affected by protrusion. This method includes such procedures as: electrophoresis, myostimulation, magnetotherapy, paraffinotherapy and others. Use after a period of exacerbation.

Massage with disc protrusion in the cervical part of the

This method is also not used for exacerbation of the disease. If the symptomatology is strongly pronounced, then it is permissible to massage only hands, shoulder and chest. After an acute period, massage procedures are performed in the neck area. The massage strengthens the skeleton of the muscles , restores the position of the disc, decreases in size of the protrusion.

Exercises

Contribute to strengthening the muscular system in the cervical region. Of the exercises are mainly recommended those who focus on the slopes of the head to the maximum on the sides, stretching the chin to the chest or tipping back the head. In no case, doing exercises with protrusion of the cervical region, should not make strong and sharp movements.

LFK and gymnastics

This method can be used even in the acute form of the disease. Exercises are carried out quite sparing. This method of treatment is treated with special devices for stretching the spine.

These are the main methods of combating such a disease as spinal disc protrusion. Treatment of this disease is also possible with many other procedures, such as:

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Treatment of protrusion of the cervical spine

In the human musculoskeletal system, the cervical region plays one of the key moments. Where from his condition the health and efficiency of many other bodies largely depends. And protrusion of the disk is one of the processes that negatively affect the functionality of the cervical spine. In this article, we will consider this disease in more detail, in time to appoint the right treatment for protrusion of the cervical spine to achieve the greatest effect.

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  • 1.2.1 Cervical protrusions: treatment

Disc protrusion: definition, classification

This term literally means "protrusion" in Latin, from the medical point of view, protrusion of the disc means protrusion of the intervertebral disc beyond the vertebral column. The protrusion is the reference point of hernia formations, that is, it can be treated in its own way as a hernia, only without breaking the fibrous ring.

The protrusion of the cervical discs proceeds in three stages:

Stage 1 - protrusion of the disc is expressed in the manifestation of acute attacks of local pain. On the fibrous ring, cracks form, the structure of the disk undergoes changes.

2 stage - protrusion already measures about 2-3 mm. The nature of the pain becomes irradiative.

Stage 3 - the protuberance increases, accompanied by the precursor of rupture of the fibrous ring. Symptoms - numbness of limbs, the appearance of static-dynamic disorders, pain syndrome is somewhat strengthened. At this stage, the hernia is formed.

This disease is classified according to the localization region in the following three varieties:

  1. Lumbar spine protrusion - it is worth noting that this area of ​​the spine is most susceptible to the ailment in question, as it is heavily burdened( finding the center of gravity).With the projection of the intervertebral disc, it irritatively affects the nearby cerebrospinal structures, which leads to the appearance of pain symptoms in the lumbar region.
  2. Cervical protrusion - swelling of the disc in this area, affecting the roots, causes acute pain in the neck.
  3. The protrusion of the thoracic spine is a fairly infrequent phenomenon. The reason is as follows: the ribs are attached to the thoracic vertebrae, thereby providing them with minimal mobility in this section. However, a certain amount of motor activity is present, and protrusions form when the intervertebral disc degeneration occurs. They, speaking in the spinal canal, cause a number of symptomatic manifestations.

Protrusions can also be subdivided into the following types:

  1. Lateral protrusions - this term means that the protrusion is as if sideways, therefore it is also called lateral protrusions. This species is found quite infrequently( according to statistics about 10% of all cases) and often occurs without significant symptoms.
  2. Transside protrusions are the most common type of this disease, located behind or laterally with respect to the spine. This type of protrusion is likely to have a negative impact on many structures of the spinal cord. This species can also pass quite asymptomatically, until its physical effect on the elements of nerve endings is revealed.
  3. Central protrusion - this type has a direction of protuberance closer to the center of the spinal cord system. With this arrangement, the likelihood of affecting the spinal cord increases.
  4. Back protrusion is the type of direction of swelling formation from the abdomen to the back, often leading to pain.

Reasons for the formation of the

disc protrusion The cervical spine has seven vertebrae, between which the intervertebral discs are located. This department is a fairly mobile structure, where disks play a key role, providing elasticity and activity of movements in the neck, and also responsible for stability of the head position. And if at least one disk wears out, protrusions appear, which can become a causal phenomenon of compression of the spinal cord or its roots.

The main reason for the swelling of the intervertebral discs in the cervical and other parts of the spine is the consequence of osteochondrosis, which creates favorable conditions for the protrusion in the discs:

  • water insufficiency;
  • loss of amino acids and essential trace elements.

Against the backdrop of such changes, the condition of the elasticity of the discs deteriorates, they become somewhat flattened and protrude, forming protrusions. Over time, there may be a rupture of the fibrous ring, in which the disc falls out. And this case already speaks of the development of a new growth - the disc hernia.

In addition to osteochondrosis, the following diseases are caused by the protrusion of the disc:

  • scoliosis;
  • kyphosis, lordosis;
  • various injuries of the spine.

That is, the various dystrophic processes are the factors that influence the development of the swelling of the intervertebral discs, as a result of which the depreciation properties of the disc gradually lose, the tissues dry up, lose elasticity and change its structure, forming cracks in the fibrous ring. All these processes lead primarily to the pinched nerves, in connection with which, there are painful sensations.

Symptoms of cervical spine

The emergence of the protrusions on the discs adversely affect the spinal structures, causing the following symptoms:

  • local pain in the neck, more often chronic manifestations;
  • weakness of the muscular system in the upper limbs, namely, in the shoulder and elbow;
  • feeling of numbness and tingling in the hands;
  • pain with irradiation along the upper limbs.

Specificity of symptoms depends on the location of the protrusion and the degree of its flow. Quite an expected manifestation in this disease is a chronic or acute painful sensation in the cervical region. It is characteristic that pain is given to the shoulder or arm.

The clinical picture of the protrusion of the cervical region has extensive manifestations, the main ones of which are:

  • intense or dull tenderness in the neck, more often the occiput;
  • headaches or dizziness, accompanied by noise in the ears and visual impairment;
  • pain, as mentioned above, can spread to the entire area of ​​the upper limbs and the head, with the numbness of the fingers and the physical weakness of the hands.

In the localization of the disease in other parts of the spinal column, the symptomatology is somewhat different:

  1. with chest protrusions - persistent pains are observed in the sternum;
  2. with lumbar protrusion - pain manifests in the lower back, which can be given to the buttock and lower limb. At the same time, numbness and physical inactivity of both legs are possible.

Cervical protrusions: treatment of

Any specialist for the purpose of appropriate treatment, in the first place, will assign a number of diagnostic measures. First, to differentiate a lot of diseases with similar symptoms, and secondly, to achieve the most positive results in treatment.

So, the diagnosis of protrusion of discs includes the following methods:

  1. MRI( magnetic resonance imaging) of the cervical spine - this method allows you to get almost all information about the existing protrusion, and besides safe;
  2. CT( computed tomography) of the spine is a less informative method than MRI.

Timely provision of qualified care allows you to get rid of protrusion of the intervertebral disc in 9 cases out of 10. The main direction in the treatment of protrusion of the cervical department is the use of all medical measures in the complex. Only this approach in medical practice gives the greatest effect. Consider the main methods of complex treatment:

  1. Medication method - this direction is more symptomatic, and therefore is usually considered an additional measure. Drug therapy includes the use of pain medications, as well as funds from the group of non-steroidal drugs. For general strengthening, immunostimulants, vitamin and mineral complexes are used.
  2. Physiotherapeutic method - this type of treatment is used as a stimulant of blood circulation and metabolic processes in tissues affected by protrusion. The most effective procedures in this area are: magnetotherapy, electrophoresis, paraffin therapy, myostimulation and others. This method is more suitable to use after the period of exacerbation.
  3. Massage with protrusion - this method, as well as physiotherapeutic procedures, it is undesirable to conduct during an exacerbation. At the expressed clinic of disease it is necessary to massage only a breast, a shoulder and arms or hand. After passing the period of exacerbation, manipulation in the cervical region is possible. Massage strengthens the muscular framework of the neck, and also helps to restore the initial position of the disc and reduce the size of the protrusion.
  4. Exercises with protrusions - they also strengthen the muscular system of the cervical spine. During the complex of classes, emphasis is placed on maximizing the slopes to the sides, tipping the head backwards or stretching the chin to the chest. It is not allowed too sharp and strong movements of the head.
  5. LFK with protrusions - this method, perhaps, also during the period of exacerbation, because the treatment is carried out by sparing exercises. This type includes, for example, spinal traction with the help of special devices.

In addition to all the methods that we listed, many others are used. They activate the process of metabolism, improve blood circulation, remove muscle and energy barriers, and also fight with various stagnant phenomena in the area of ​​the spinal column. All these actions give impetus to the development of a natural healing mechanism, and also restores the normal functionality of intervertebral discs.

These additional measures, which are necessarily used in conjunction with the main methods, include:

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Protrusions of the cervical spine: Symptoms, How to treat, Gymnastics

Protrusions of the cervical spine

In the cervical spine 7 vertebrae. Between them there are elastic intervertebral discs. They give the spine strength and flexibility at the same time.

If the blood supply or metabolism is disturbed in the tissues near the discs, their condition worsens. The hard shell of the disc becomes less durable and elastic, small cracks appear on it. The semisolid core of the disc loses its moisture, begins to harden and press on the disk shell. As a result, the intervertebral disc protrudes beyond its limits and can pinch the spinal cord nerve roots

Symptoms of

As we have already said, the cervical spine is very vulnerable due to the narrowness of the spinal canal. The main problem is the fact that the compression of nerve roots in this case can be not only the cause of the appearance of pain, but also seriously affect the entire body. So, let's see what symptoms accompany this disease.

Quite logical and expected in this disease will be a chronic or acute sensation of pain in the neck. In this case, the pain can "give" in the shoulder and arm.

Unfortunately, the compression of the nerve roots in the cervical spine also leads to a number of symptoms that are not related at first glance to neck pain. In particular, the numbness of the hands can be felt, there may be a violation of the sensitivity of the fingers, often a feeling of "crawling creepy."

But if these symptoms can still be associated with pain in the neck, then some seem completely independent. For example, sharp jumps of arterial pressure can occur, dizziness and headaches( often they appear combined), there is an incomprehensible noise in the ears. There may even be increased irritability, which in general "does not fit" with neck problems. That is why sometimes it turns out that a person for a long time unsuccessfully tries to be treated and complains of heart problems, although doctors do not see the reasons for the constant pressure jumps during the research. And the reason, it turns out, is hidden in the neck in the form of a small protrusion, irritating the nerve root and practically not causing pain syndrome.

Yes, and the perception of many people from the region "will bite and stop" plays into the hands of a disease that is gradually progressing.

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How to treat

Treatment of protrusion of the cervical department should be comprehensive and include:

Medication Therapeutic exercise Manual therapy, acupuncture.

Drug medication for disc protrusions is unlikely to eliminate the causes of this pathology. The use of medications in this situation is symptomatic, and therefore is only an addition to the above methods. As a rule, analgesics( analgesics) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs( NSAIDs) are used as medications. These remedies eliminate pain and inflammation in the nerve roots and in the surrounding muscles. In various dosage forms( tablets, injections, ointments) use analgin, renalgan, diclofenac, orthophene. Some drugs( immunostimulants, complexes of vitamins and minerals) can be used for general strengthening of the body and enhance its protective forces.

Physiotherapy treatment of spinal disc protrusion is aimed at enhancing local blood circulation and metabolic processes in the affected tissue. Among the physical procedures, magnetotherapy, electrophoresis, phonophoresis, paraffin therapy, amplipulse and myostimulation are effective. As a rule, these procedures are appointed after withdrawal of an exacerbation. With severe pain with dizziness, decreased movement in the cervical region and in the upper limbs, they are contraindicated.

Than

is dangerous. If you find yourself experiencing some of the symptoms described above, then you should immediately consult a doctor. Please note that the cervical department is extremely vulnerable, as we have already said. If in other parts of the spine the intervertebral protrusion of 3-4 millimeters can long remain unnoticed, then for the cervical part a protrusion of 1 millimeter is already a serious problem and the cause of the onset of pain syndrome.

Moreover, a strongly protruding protrusion can seriously squeeze one of the arteries passing near the spine. These arteries nourish the brain with blood, so that their compression may well lead to stroke and even paralysis.

Around the diseased segment, ligaments and muscles often become inflamed, which brings additional harm to the body and can cause cervical radiculitis, which is an intractable and very painful disease.

Gymnastics

Active lifestyle combined with the regular implementation of special exercises, which are integrated into a therapeutic and exercise complex( LFK), is the best way to regain good health and get rid of protrusions, preventing, at the same time, their appearance in the future. The main task of useful physical activity is to maintain muscle tone and strengthen, which will help relieve the vertebrae and eliminate protrusion. In addition, LFK helps restore flexibility to the joints, providing a large amplitude of head turns. Performing separate exercises, you should control your sensations and stop training immediately if pain or discomfort occurs.

The basic exercises for the protrusion of the cervical spine are tilting, turning and tipping the head with resistance, which simultaneously increases the flexibility of the joints and strengthens the neck muscles. It is very important to perform the right rhythm while performing individual exercises and to avoid sharp head movements so as not to damage the vertebrae and thin tissues.

If for a long time the traditional methods of treatment of protrusions do not give a lasting positive result, then surgical intervention will be necessary. By itself this method is undesirable and apply it in the last place. It is worth noting that the medicine does not stand still and the surgical intervention with protrusions constantly evolved. At the moment, this has led to the emergence of such an effective method of action as laser surgery. With the help of the laser beam have a direct effect on the disk, which will reduce the size of the pulpous core and return the intervertebral disc its natural shape.

Exercises

Exercises for protrusion of the cervical spine

The exercises described below with protrusion of the cervical region should be performed with caution, especially in the acute course of the disease and only after the pain is relaxed. The purpose of this curative gymnastics is to restore the elasticity of the neck muscles and improve the mobility of the cervical vertebrae.

Also note that together with these procedures it is recommended to wear a special bandage for several days. It will provide a state of rest for the muscles and vertebrae of the neck.

Exercise 1: Sit on a chair( you can stand up), pull your arms along the trunk. In this initial position, begin turning the head to the extreme left and right position. Repeat 10 times. There is also a facilitated version of such an exercise, in which experts recommend doing a series of small movements in each direction.

Exercise 2: The starting position is sitting on a chair or standing, hands are along the trunk. Slowly lower your head down and press your chin toward your chest( perform 14 times).

Exercise 3: The starting position is the same as in the previous exercise. Slowly throw your head back and at the same time pull your chin. Repeat the exercise at least 10 times.

Massage

At the time of exacerbation of the disease to do neck massage, as far as physiotherapy is prohibited. During this period, it is permissible to massage exclusively in the area of ​​the chest, arms and shoulder girdle. After relieving the exacerbation, you can begin neck massage, the patient should be in a sitting or lying position on one side. Movements should be smooth, directed from the neck to the neck, after - stroking, shock, this will stretch the muscles of the neck.

The protrusion of the cervical vertebrae should be treated by the massage method in such a way that each element of the procedure lasts about 5 minutes. This allows you to strengthen the cervical muscular framework, reduces protrusion, and the disk returns to its original location.

Yoga

If you were diagnosed with cervical osteochondrosis, I advise you, with the permission of the doctor, to add to the prescribed method of treatment the practice of asanas. Start with one lesson per week, after 2-4 weeks add a second and so, as far as possible, gradually go on to daily practice. In addition, I recommend:

- sleep on a firm mattress and on a cushion of the correct height: the angle of the neck bend should not exceed 15 degrees;

- hot shower every day for at least 10 minutes or sauna and bath: it will help to remove spasms;

- regular walks or aerobic loads at a low rate;

- swimming with extension under water.

For the prevention of cervical osteochondrosis, perform this complex 2-3 times a week. Also I advise:

- to avoid shock loading on the spine( running, jumping), if you are more than 25 years old;

- take breaks during sedentary work for five minutes per hour;

- use the seat belt in the car. If you are not fastened, then after a sharp braking or striking the body rips forward more than the head, and the risk of damage to the neck will be much higher;

- sit in front in public transport: the rear usually shakes more.

Carrying out the complex of asanas that I propose, you need to solve three tasks. The first is to relax the muscles. In the process of treatment it will help to relieve spasms, and in case of prevention it will remove muscle blocks. To the practice of asanas, you can add yoga-nidra and soothing pranayama.

The second task is to provide traction of all parts of the spine. The third is to strengthen the muscles of the neck, shoulder girdle, chest and upper back.

Perform each asana twice.

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