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Treatment of radiculitis and osteochondrosis: first aid

Back pain is the most common cause of long-term disability. The basic cause of back pain is considered to be degenerative phenomena observed in intervertebral discs. Experts call this phenomenon an osteochondrosis. If the chondrosis and osteochondrosis in the body progress for some time, changes that are irreversible for a person already occur in the discs themselves, the intervertebral fissures narrowing along which the roots of the impulse nervous system branch, the blood vessels inevitably contract and radiculitis is observed( inflammation of the nerve roots occurs).In fact, this is a neurosis of radicular endings in intervertebral discs, and the localization of pain depends only on their location. In this disease, the intervertebral discs can not remain mobile and the spinal cord loses its elasticity and inherent flexibility.

Long stay of a person in one position, heavy physical exertion, predisposition by inheritance are all provocative factors for the development of osteochondrosis in the body and turns this ailment into an extremely widespread, very unpleasant phenomenon for our back. Low-active lifestyle, violation of vitamin balance and water metabolism, non-observance of the rules of healthy nutrition and a set of bad habits( tobacco and alcohol) also actively contribute to the progress of degenerative changes in the intervertebral discs, chondrosis with all the consequences comes, the treatment of which requires the help of a doctor.

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Catharsis of dystrophic phenomena in the spine - osteochondrosis - it is necessary to consider the violation of the microcirculation process in the vessels, in other words - ischemia, oxygen deficiency and the lack of glucose necessary to ensure a full exchange in the cells. When there is an increase in the pain threshold, i.e.the end of the spinal nerve is pinched, the proper circulation is disturbed, as a result of which the signs of a violation of its capabilities develop: unbearable pain in the affected area, innervation of the injured roots( typical neurosis), multiplied by backwardness, during sneezing and coughing, with some effort.

Sometimes the symptoms are mingled with a compressed sternum, a person is overtaken by panic attacks, especially during the night, he does not get enough sleep and the illness is mixed with neurosis. As a result, we observe a limitation of the plasticity of the spine, a decrease in sensitivity, loss of strength, a decrease in muscle mass in the zone affected by the affected end - there is progress in osteochondrosis. With the development of sciatica in the lumbosacral region, pain in the kidney can be shot in the gluteal bone, a painful neurosis is observed, attacking suddenly shooting sensations. Cervical osteochondrosis is characterized by shooting pains at the place where the neck passes into the shoulders, from the back of the head can be seen lumbago in the shoulder blade or arm. There is a pronounced tension of the occipital muscles, a skewed posture, involuntary inclination of the head, a decrease in sensitivity, in special cases, shoulder and facial muscles can be affected, vision is affected - a neurosis arises that requires the help of a neurologist.

When thoracic radiculitis is observed, a person suffering from pain that spreads parallel to one or a group of affected intercostal terminals, more often such pains are intrusive, in some cases in the form of seizures that are treated separately from a neurologist.

To the chagrin of doctors, patients with osteochondrosis go for help to a specialist only if the pain syndrome is persistent and does not abate from chemist's painkillers. At the same time, a person grossly underestimates the danger that arises - panic attacks and sharp pains drive him, as a result of which he turns for help, more often in the emergency department. Sometimes, if the rootlet is severely disturbed in the area of ​​the rootlet and venous thrombosis occurs( clogging), practically no methods of treating the patient, except surgical intervention, do not allow even to level the pain syndrome. However, if you tighten with time, then the operation may not help, because after a couple of days of insufficient blood supply the spine can be torn off, and its viability can not be restored. The neurosis of the affected area remains with the person for life. To treat osteochondrosis is necessary on time, otherwise it turns into an obsessive chronic form.

How to avoid this dangerous, crippling, life-threatening disease? A therapeutic and compression therapy( barotherapy) is recognized as a completely safe and effective method for treating radiculitis, osteochondrosis and ischemia. This method allows you to finally eliminate the lack of oxygen in the affected tissues and restore the vascular microcirculation disturbed in them. An important advantage of this method is the fact that the therapeutic compression is also manifested by a noticeable analgesic effect and is effective in the management of exacerbations with acute pain symptoms.

Timely treatment with the use of compression capabilities demonstrates tremendous effect even in the treatment of advanced forms of radiculitis. Restoration of the vertebral column of the patient in the pressure chamber makes it possible to avoid resorting to neurosurgery, traumatizing adjacent tissues of the body, surgical intervention became possible to prevent even in severe ischemic radiculitis. Before the operation of the patient, panic attacks are often overcome, which in this case solves the problem, without leading up to this stage. The pressure chamber helps prevent further development of osteochondrosis and prevent its complications in the future, leveling the neurosis of the affected extremities.

Competent treatment allows excluding chondrosis in the future, but it involves a whole range of special procedures and therapies, including massage, medication, vitamin courses, restorative gymnastics. In this case it is extremely important to ensure the treatment of the disease directly under the control of doctors to direct the recovery to the desired vector.

Do not forget about the importance of prevention of sciatica. This is primarily therapeutic exercise - yoga, exercises on the crossbar, stretching and deflections of the spine, use the easiest exercises from gymnastics - every day for 20 minutes of your time will be more than enough. On the second place on the usefulness of radiculitis prevention are various exercises in the pool - swimming, aqua aerobics, exercise therapy, diving, stretching, water volleyball.

An important place in preventing the development of osteochondrosis is given to proper nutrition and elimination of all bad habits in your life - smoking and alcohol are harmful to the musculoskeletal system of our body. To people of manual labor, experts recommend the use of various damping devices - insurance, straps, pockets, fasteners, belts and other cushioning devices. These methods of caution are necessary in order to less load and not injure the spine during workloads. Inordinate attacks weighing on the lumbar region are disastrous for health and extremely unreasonable with any physical preparation, reassessment of one's own strengths - and eventually chondrosis, whose treatment is not always rapid.

How to recognize sciatica?

Radiculitis manifests itself suddenly. It would seem that there are no prerequisites for such troubles, but suddenly one "wrong" movement - and pain pierced into the back. Those who have had such a feeling at least once in their lives can not explain how radiculitis hurts. This is a typical neurosis of a sore nerve, and the only true solution is to call a doctor.

If we raise the statistics, every ninth inhabitant of our planet older than 35 suffers from painful sciatica. However, today this disease is rapidly growing younger. On dorsal chondrosis doctors complain not only grandmothers-retired, but also quite young students. Especially often among those who turn to one can meet professional athletes and people engaged in inactive intellectual work. Such, for example, who sits at the table for a long time or works with a computer. The companions of such people become hypertension, creaking in the cervical region, poor vision, the inability to tie oneself with laces - a typical chondrosis. If you have to sit in a draft, sciatica joins the disease, as on the cold surfaces the sciatic nerve is easily inflamed, the treatment of which requires a reflex and massage procedures.

Reasons for the appearance of radiculitis

Between each of the vertebrae there are holes through which the nerve roots branch from the spinal cord. If these roots are damaged or inflamed, there are characteristic symptoms that doctors call just as radiculitis. Practically in 80% of cases of medical practice, sciatica is a manifestation of osteochondrosis, and in an acceptable 20% it is an echo of an old untreated spinal cord injury or a hernia located between the vertebral discs. Treat such a radiculitis in different ways, depending on the cause, which is established by the doctor. And to provoke a painful syndrome of radiculitis any awkward movements, drafts, a dream in a wrong pose, and sometimes an infection in an organism of the person are capable.

How does this affect?

The main sign of radiculitis is chondrosis and panic conditions due to intolerable pain. There may also be complaints of vision, increased blood pressure( hypertension) and the inability to move freely( stiffening sensations).What exactly can hurt, it is difficult to say at once - it depends directly on which of the disks the inflammatory process has occurred.

Cervical chondrosis

When the cervical nerves are affected, the disease is characterized by a sharp pain in the shoulders, behind the neck, behind the ears. Sneezing, coughing and other neck movements such a pain double. In especially neglected cases, a patient with cervical radiculitis is hypertensive, neurotic, dark in the eyes and dizzy, hearing is heard, a shaky, unstable gait is observed after a person. In such people, osteochondrosis can lead to additional injuries, so you should consult a doctor immediately when the first signs appear.

During cervicothoracic radiculitis, there is a sharp stitching pain in the neck, giving off in the shoulders and brushes. Because of chest osteochondrosis, there are attacks of piercing pain, which seems to encircle the entire thorax. Sometimes it becomes difficult to breathe, panic overcomes, hypertension appears.

And, finally, the most popular kind of osteochondrosis is lumbosacral. It is with him that we feel "neither sit down nor get up", because the pain is unbearable. The waist is simply unbearably painful, especially when trying to bend over, chondrosis interferes in everyday life and at work.

Solution in case of

If you suddenly feel a sharp pain in your lower back or neck, get poisoned at your appointment with a neurologist, do not delay. The main goal of your doctor is to recognize radiculitis among all other diseases, which also manifest similar pain. After the specialist listens to your complaints and examines the symptomatology, he will necessarily give direction to the picture, as the x-ray examination of the cervical and sacral parts of the spine is necessary. This method is the only possible way to assess how serious and in what place there are lesions of the vertebral disks.

First aid for an attack of radiculitis

If suddenly there is radiculitis, and the doctor has not yet arrived, urgently need rest, go to bed. It is better if the mattress is not very soft. Take a pill of any pain medication, if the pill is not found at home, remember about the car kit. Ask relatives to rub( but carefully) the painful back or neck( or that part of the back that you have had pain) with the anesthetic fluid "Menovazine" or "Bon Benge" ointment and wrap it up well with a woolen scarf. Medical treatment of radiculitis involves the use of drugs that can combat inflammation, the use of pain medication to relieve pain.

It is good to use warming ointments with natural contents( bee venom, horse chestnut, snake venom, tincture of peppermint and bitter pepper) and other preparations. Within three days after an attack of radiculitis, it is important to follow the regime responsibly, the patient needs rest. Positive effect in the treatment of osteochondrosis and panic attacks is proven physiotherapy, visits to fizkabinetov, therapeutic exercise, rehabilitation massage, yoga and manual therapy. In the event that radiculitis is the result of the displacement of the intervertebral disc, surgical care will be required. In all other cases, the treatment of radiculitis is quite easy.

In addition to these there is another weighty reason, because of which destructive processes occur in the spinal column, it is a disturbed metabolism in the tissues of the intervertebral discs and, as a consequence, a deterioration in their functionality. Oxygen and nutrients, as is known, come to all tissues of the body with blood, but the system of intervertebral discs does not have its own blood supply, so it is forced to get everything needed by diffusion. That is, performing physical exercises muscles and tissues of the human body are actively blood supply, it depends on them the full flow of necessary substances to the intervertebral discs, there is a diffuse process - the disks are fed by the surrounding tissues.

In the absence of physical exertion, and with it a full-fledged nutrition, the discs are restructured, they are destroyed, flattened and in order to reduce the load on the spine, the destroyed tissue is replaced by the appearance of osteophytes( bone growths).As a result, the motor activity of the affected area is significantly reduced, the nerve endings are jammed, all this is accompanied by a sufficiently strong pain syndrome, which is absent in the initial stage of osteochondrosis.

The causes of radiculitis

So, we found out that osteochondrosis arises from the destruction of the intervertebral discs, now we'll figure out what is radiculitis. Radiculitis( and this distinguishes it from osteochondrosis) is a disorder, inflammation of the peripheral nervous system( by the way, it often develops as a consequence of osteochondrosis, at later stages, which jamming the nerve processes with disrupted discs and osteophytes).

The disease accompanies an acute inflammation of the nerve processes located in the spinal canal, which, being amazed, leads to a deterioration in the motor and autonomic functions. No destruction of bone-cartilaginous tissue causes the disease, as well as does not cause deterioration of the motor activity of the joints at the site of the lesion( functional blockade happens only with osteochondrosis).

But the reasons for which both diseases develop are basically the same - they are overweight, lack of moderate physical exertion, suffered traumas, age threshold.

Symptoms of osteochondrosis

Both diseases can be localized in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, lumbosacral segment of the vertebral column, but their overall clinical picture varies significantly.

Symptoms, or rather, the syndromes of osteochondrosis, depending on the degree of pathological changes in the affected area of ​​the spine, are divided into four main stages.

The initial stage of ( static) is accompanied by a change in shape, instability of the vertebrae, and there are no significant symptoms indicating the development of the disease. There may be discomfort, which is often attributed to fatigue.

With the neurological syndrome ( in the second stage of the disease), the altered disks of the nerve processes are infringed, pain syndrome appears localized at the site of the lesion. Not timely treatment leads to the growth of pain during the innervation of the affected nerves. Symptoms at this stage are numbness, tingling, so-called "goosebumps," impairment or loss of motor activity.

The third stage of the disease( vascular) is manifested by the squeezing of the circulatory systems. Pathology is especially dangerous in the osteochondrosis of the cervical vertebrae, it is there that the large arteries, blood vessels supplying the brain, are located. Symptoms are manifested by impaired visual, auditory function, dizziness, impaired coordination of movements. Also at this stage there is a spasm of peripheral vessels, ischemic disease of internal organs.

The fourth stage( trophic) is characterized by ulcerative manifestations on the skin. Due to vascular and neurological syndrome, insufficient nutrition of the tissues develops, which contributes to the appearance of skin defects.

Symptom of osteochondrosis progresses depending on the stage of the disease, the initial stage is asymptomatic, it is now the treatment gives the maximum results until the complete elimination of the disease.

Symptoms of sciatica

The main feature of radiculitis is that the symptoms( pain sensations) for a given ailment manifest immediately, and in a rather intense form with extensive localization. Inflamed nerve endings along the way of their innervation spread the pain syndrome to the adjacent area of ​​the lesion area. Symptoms similar to neurological syndrome of osteochondrosis. Also on the presence of your radiculitis, the symptoms characteristic of this disease are indicative:

  • sharp pain, which is aggravated by coughing, abdominal tension, physical exertion is a consequence of infringement, inflammation of the nerve processes, localization of the pain syndrome occurs during the course of their innervation;
  • head tilt is accompanied by a piercing pain akin to an electric current discharge;
  • palpation of the paravertebral muscles is accompanied by acute pain;
  • is broken the reflex function of the muscles, there is weakness, numbness along the innervated areas.

All these symptoms accompany and osteochondrosis, but at later stages of its development, radiculitis immediately signals its occurrence, this is the main difference between them. Another distinguishing feature of the two diseases is the patient's posture. Radiculitis causes atrophy and spasm of the muscular framework, but the human body does not lose symmetry, which can not be said about osteochondrosis( usually there is scoliosis, lordosis, kyphosis).

Diagnosis of

Diseases Naturally, before the appointment of a specialist, a specialist should diagnose the disease, but relying only on the patient's feelings to determine the diagnosis is impossible - the symptoms of the ailments are almost identical. To understand from what a person suffers( from osteochondrosis or radiculitis) it is possible by palpation, as well as X-ray examination.

In osteochondrosis, the patient feels pain from pressing on the intervertebral space, but head inclinations forward are easy for him. External symptoms of the disease manifest curvature of the spine, with radiculitis this pathology is absent. Methods of manual therapy help to establish the mobility of vertebrae - physical blockade is inherent only in osteochondrosis. Supplements the general clinical picture of X-rays, MRI - in the picture, the degree of destruction of intervertebral discs is clearly visible. A set of tests allows the doctor to prescribe a treatment aimed at eliminating osteochondrosis.

Palpation of the paravertebral muscles with radiculitis is quite painful, unlike osteochondrosis, which does not give such painful sensations. Only sciatica is accompanied by an inflammation of the sciatic nerve and concomitant with this pain syndrome. Sneezing, coughing, flexing in the hip with simultaneous extension in the knee joint of the leg causes severe pain in sciatica syndrome( sciatica nerve inflammation), when the ankle is bent, pain in the popliteal fossa occurs. All this indicates the presence of radiculitis, in which the treatment of manual therapy is not simply not effective, but even contraindicated( which can not be said about osteochondrosis).

Radiculitis is a concomitant osteochondrosis treatment, which is aimed at eliminating the acute inflammatory process, but with osteochondrosis, longer therapy is needed. The disease has a chronic nature, it should be treated in a complex way, the treatment in this case occurs with medicinal preparations, manual and physiotherapy procedures, as well as with massages, exercise therapy.

Therapeutic features of

The main distinguishing feature of the ailments is that osteochondrosis is accompanied by destruction of bone-cartilaginous tissue, and radiculitis is affected by inflammation of the injured nerve endings, but treatment, both with radiculitis and osteochondrosis, is initially aimed at arresting the pain syndrome, as well as eliminating the inflammatory process.

Drug treatment in both cases includes the use of anti-inflammatory, analgesic( NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, vitamins( in particular group B), it is possible that the patient will also need sedative drugs, as with a prolonged pain syndrome, the psychoemotional condition is disrupted, and depression occurs.

Physiotherapy procedures, exercise therapy is prescribed after pain removal and is selected taking into account the individual characteristics of the patient. Manual therapy, shown for osteochondrosis, is strictly prohibited in radiculitis.

To summarize all of the above, you can do so - the intervertebral discs destroyed by osteochondrosis infringe the nerve processes and this( more than 90%) provokes the appearance of radiculitis. Moderate physical activity, a healthy diet and a rejection of bad habits will be an excellent prevention of both diseases.

What is osteochondrosis

Because of the disturbance of the nutritional regime, the dehydration of the nucleus takes place in intervertebral disks. Around it is a fibrous ring that holds the disc within its proper place. The disturbance of metabolism makes it weaker, which is manifested in the appearance of cracks on it. The core itself loses its physical properties, and becomes incapable of performing the function of a natural shock absorber. The pressure becomes stronger, until the protrusion appears.

This is the first sign of osteochondrosis, which a person can not guess about, since the ring is still whole, and the symptoms did not manifest. In the absence of treatment, the ring breaks and the contents of the nucleus go out, affecting the roots of nerves and vessels. Such changes cause severe pain and disturbances of the neurological nature, such as increased pressure, changes in the sensitivity of the limbs, and impaired functioning of the organs.

Therefore, osteochondrosis is the result of degenerative and degenerative changes in the spine tissues , which are characterized by lesions of discs, adjacent surfaces of the joints and the bodies of the vertebrae and their ligamentous apparatus.

  • There are several stages in the formation of the disease:
  • in the first stage is simply deterioration of the condition of the disk and ring,
  • on the second spinal segment becomes unstable,
  • on the third, protrusions and prolapses develop with development of arthrosis,
  • is characterized by adaptive changes with formation of osteophytesand remission of clinical manifestations.

What is radiculitis

When lesions of nerves emerging from the spinal cord, certain pathological changes can lead to their jamming. As a result, there is a sharp pain sensation, sometimes giving off in the buttock or leg, which does not allow to straighten. This condition is radiculitis .Consequently, this pathology is a consequence of the defeat of the nerve roots of the spinal cord .

Causes of osteochondrosis

People of all ages are affected by the disease, and the causes that cause it are conventionally divided into medical-biological and social-hygienic, which can be presented as follows:

  • Adverse hereditary traits. They consist in the transfer from parents to children of certain characteristics or anomalies, which subsequently play a major role in the causes of the onset of the disease;
  • Diseases of the internal organs or chronic ailments causing inflammation or stagnant processes and weakening immune defense accelerate the development of osteochondrosis;
  • Various infections that damage tissues and nerve plexuses, which is the cause of pain;
  • Negative age processes in bone and cartilaginous tissue;
  • Management of a sedentary lifestyle, in which muscular atrophy leads to a decrease in the strength of the tissues of the vertebrae and cartilage;
  • Large and systematic physical load, which leads to injury of intervertebral discs;
  • Occupation of forced uncomfortable poses, and sharp, with large amplitude, movements;
  • Lifting and moving excessive weights;
  • Disorders of posture, scoliosis, flat feet - abnormalities associated with an incorrect redistribution of the load on the back;
  • Problems associated with lack of adequate nutrition;
  • Strong supercooling;
  • Excess weight, as a factor of excessive burden on the vertebrae;
  • Unfavorable environmental conditions, bad habits.

Reasons for radiculitis

Radiculitis is not an independent pathology, but several symptoms that are a manifestation of the action of a different nature on the roots of the nerves.

  • It can be caused by:
  • Osteochondrosis. Is the cause of sciatica in 95%, if not treated this disease.
  • Herniation of intervertebral discs. The protrusion or ruptured disc presses on the roots, causing severe pain syndrome;
  • The pressure of the osteophytes on the tissue or the narrowing of the channel through which the spinal cord passes. In this case, the sciatic nerve is often affected and the symptoms are felt not only at the site of infringement, but in the buttock and limbs;
  • Effects of cold and lifting weights;
  • Inflammations;
  • Pregnancy, during which the increased load on the spine.

Symptoms of osteochondrosis

Concentration and type of pain in osteochondrosis depends on the affected part of the spine. But there are general symptoms, according to which pathology is easily recognized.

  1. Such as:
  2. Acute back pain with abrupt movements of the trunk, its torsion, inclinations, and in combinations;
  3. After a sharp pain as a result of an awkward movement, it's impossible to move for a while;
  4. Painful muscular spasm at the site of localization of sensations;
  5. When pressing the place of a recent pain symptom, a sharp pain is repeated;
  6. Restriction of back mobility. Problems with the possibility of finding a comfortable position in which the pain could pass;
  7. In an unfortunate situation, the pain becomes stronger.

When the disease of the cervical region pain gives in the upper limbs, chest, neck, headache often turns into a migraine. Sometimes there are dizziness, problems with vision, and with the development of the disease, blood circulation disorders of the brain. Squeezing the lower cervical segments calls for signs that are easily confused with angina when pain is localized in the heart area and near the scapula.

In the osteochondrosis of the thoracic and lower back, the nature of the pain is shrouded, which creates a false impression that it comes from the internal organs. Lumbar osteochondrosis is characterized by shooting pain, which gives to the buttocks and lower limbs. Slopes and squats only strengthen it. Also, this is not facilitated by a comfortable position, coughing, or physical exercise.

Symptoms of radiculitis

Radiculitis always shows itself with strong pain syndrome , in some cases it limits the mobility of a person.

  • Externally, this manifests itself as follows:
  • Severe pain of varying duration and intensity due to nerve impairment;
  • Sensitivity problems in the lumbar region due to compression of the nerves, resulting in some neurological symptoms and a violation of the normal passage of impulses. This sensation of burning and tingling of the legs and back, numbness, a feeling of creepy crawling;
  • General and muscle weakness, which can partially or completely impair motor ability;
  • Sciatica - pain that spreads to the foot of the foot. It is accompanied by muscle weakness and severe pain attacks;
  • Burning prolonged back pain, giving in the leg, or lumbar sciatica.

Similarities and differences

Having understood the essence of both pathologies, it can be concluded that there are similarities and differences between them.

  1. The following signs are similar:
  2. Participation in the pathological processes of the spinal tissues.
  3. Similar symptoms, especially in the initial stages of the disease.
  4. General methods of treatment.

The difference between pathologies is symptomatology, in which the nerve is squeezed. For radiculitis, these are signs similar to neurologic disorders in osteochondrosis. But unlike the latter, in the initial stages there are already painful sensations in it, often giving up the root in the direction of innervation. As a consequence, weakness in muscles, numbness and tingling is manifested.

Despite the nature of the disease, the number and severity of signs of radiculitis and osteochondrosis in groups of patients of different ages also varies. Older people suffer from osteochondrosis in 9 out of 10 cases, and radiculitis is much less common. But the cause of this is often the neglected form of pathology, when in later stages the pain syndrome becomes much less.

Concerning the terms "radiculitis" and "osteochondrosis" in the medical community, discussions have been held for several years in order to take the general name "radiculopathy" for them, or to indicate the nature of the onset of pain. At present, radiculitis is considered only as a manifestation of osteochondrosis with destructive changes in the spine, and not as an independent pathology. What is the difference between radiculitis and osteochondrosis?

Katya kuraeva

As far as I remember, sciatica is associated with colds and infections.and osteochondrosis with changes in the intervertebral cartilage

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Osteochondrosis and radiculitis
For a long time, doctors regarded osteochondrosis as a kind of salt deposition. Among people who are not related to medicine, this erroneous opinion exists even today, when it was possible to prove exactly that the disease is associated with dystrophic phenomena in the bone system. The disease is a lesion of the spinal column, which is degenerative-dystrophic. At the heart of the disease lies the degeneration of the cartilaginous intervertebral discs( Greek osteon - bone, chondros - cartilage), providing flexibility of the spine. The consequence of the disease is the deformation of the body of the disc, its stratification and the loss of its elasticity. Developing, osteochondrosis covers the vertebrae, ligaments and the site of the circulatory system, adjacent to the localization of the pathological process.
Recently, the number of cases of this disease has increased, which most doctors rightly associate with the inactive way of life of modern man. However, many people, not knowing how to normalize physical activity, wear out and injure their intervertebral disks by excessive work or unjustifiably intense sports activities.
In hypodynamia, degenerative processes are caused by impaired blood supply to the musculoskeletal system. Circulation in many computer operators, for example, is 30 times worse than those who rationally plan their work and rest.
In the development of osteochondrosis, physicians distinguish 4 stages. Each stage is distinguished by certain symptoms and their corresponding disorders. At the first stage, the disease is extremely difficult to recognize. It manifests itself only in an unexplained malaise, occasionally involves a sense of discomfort. At this time in the cartilaginous tissue of the so-called.fibrous ring of diseased discs appear internal cracks. Exacerbations are infrequent, they are provoked by weight lifting, hypothermia, prolonged stay in uncomfortable posture and other traumatic effects that cause pain.
In the second stage, the symptoms of the disease manifest themselves. The destruction of the fibrous ring of large vertebral discs proceeds particularly actively, so that the vertebral mobility of each other significantly increases, reaching a dangerous threshold. Shifts of the vertebrae and a decrease in the intervertebral space entail the infringement of blood vessels, nerve roots, etc.
In the third stage, as a result of vertebral shifts, intervertebral hernias are formed-protrusion of compressed and deformed cartilages. A growing hernia can also seriously damage the neurovascular endings. The affected parts of the spinal column are bent, since it hardly supports the trunk in an upright position. To keep a person able to move on his feet, nature has created a compensation mechanism: the resulting deformations of the spinal column are fixed. Thus, in the third stage of osteochondrosis, kyphosis( "hump"), lordosis( bulge formation in front) or scoliosis( lateral bend) develop.
At the final, fourth, stage of the disease, the displacement of the vertebrae continues. They are densified and covered with growths of pathologically developing bone tissue. The mobility of the spine and the entire musculoskeletal system is greatly reduced. Any wide and "power" movements cause sharp pain.
Radiculitis is regarded as one of many relatively independent forms of osteochondrosis. Patients with osteochondrosis can not lead a normal life, work fully and rest. They suffer from joint, muscle and headaches, experience numbness of hands, chills, fever and blood pressure jumps, often depressed.
Treatment of osteochondrosis and radiculitis is complex;it involves the taking of pain medications, rational nutrition, the implementation of a program of weight stabilization( for people with excessive body weight).Among the recreational activities, the most important are special gymnastic exercises performed by patients at home, in the gym and in the pool.


Radiculitis-pinched nerves in the lumbar spine, osteochondrosis - salt deposition.

What is the difference between cervical osteochondrosis and cervical radiculitis?


Push your forehead against your palm and stretch your neck muscles. Exercise 3 times for 7 seconds. Then press the back of your hand 3 times for 7 seconds.
Straining the muscles of the neck, press the left temple to the left palm( 3 times for 7 seconds), and then with your right temples press down on the right palm( 3 times for 7 seconds).
Head slightly tilt back. Overcoming the resistance of the strained muscles of the neck, press the chin to the jugular fossa. Do the exercise at least 5 times.
Keep your head and shoulders straight. Slowly turn the head as far as possible to the right( 5 times).Do the same number of times to move left.
Lower the chin to the neck. Turn your head first 5 times to the right, and then 5 times to the left.
Head back up. Try to touch the right ear of the right shoulder( 5 times).Do the same movement, trying to touch the left shoulder with your left ear( 5 times).

Tatiana Postnikova

One and the same. ...


osteohandroz - salt deposition. Radiculitis - inflammation or infringement of the nerve. ..


Cervical radiculitis occurs when the hernia of the intervertebral disc is squeezed or the vertebrae of the spinal cord are altered. In the upper part of the neck, it develops rarely.
In this case, its manifestation is pain and numbness in the occiput mainly on one side. Most often cervical radiculitis occurs in the lower part, manifested by pain and numbness in the shoulder, arm, and behind the sternum, hiccough, discomfort in the upper abdomen.

Nadezhda Romanenko( Tkacheva)

Contact a neurologist, you can also damage

Marina Kyba

You need to make a tomography of the spine( cervical department).You can not sleep on high pillows, you can not massage-categorically impossible. You can not do circular movements with your neck. And only left-right. Down( chin to chest) and back.

Kristina Vinogradova

you just have muscle overstrain


Cervical osteochondrosis is a degenerative-dystrophic lesion of the intervertebral disc in the cervical spine. Osteochondrosis develops more often in the lower parts( level C6, C7 of nerve roots).
Cervico-thoracic radiculitis-syndrome of the violation of roots at the level of C2-5. Cervical radiculitis is characterized by sharp pains in the neck and occiput with irradiation in the arm, scapula, sometimes in the fingers. Pain increases with head and neck movements and often extends to the back of the neck and chest.

Oleg Miroshnichenko

The problems are almost the same in their manifestation-pain and discomfort
but the treatment can be completely different
With radiculitis it is necessary to heat, it is possible to warm the ointments
And with osteochondrosis, all this will lead to even bigger problems
Only competent massage all exercises onExtension
Only again it is necessary to do the right thing
I can show and consult on Skype)))


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