Exercises for cervical spondylosis

Exercises for cervical spondylosis

Exercises for cervical spondylosis is performed seated on a chair back or sitting on the floor with legs cruiser, keeping column verticality. Relax the body to the neck.

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5 tips to prevent spondylosis

Spondylosis is a disease occurring mostly after the age of 40 years, being caused by a degenerative process in the intervertebral disc. Is due to the biochemical changes caused by aging, and mechanical depreciation of the intervertebral discs and ligaments over time. Because of this spondylosis can not be prevented, but its risk may be low if they meet certain rules:

1. Maintaining a good posture
Refers to keep the spine straight, so that weight is correctly distributed and intervertebral discs and ligaments are not subjected to additional stress, leading to their early wearing. The correct posture have learned since childhood. We must concern to sit straight with shoulders pulled back, neck aligned with shoulders, when we stand up or when we are sitting in office chair. Vicious positions when we are in front of the computer, too heavy a bag carried by children on one shoulder resulting in spinal deformities, premature wear and increase the risk of intervertebral disc spondylosis.
2. Avoiding spine injuries
So major trauma and small but repeated trauma can lead to spondylosis. Micro traumatisms occur mainly to persons who perform heavy physical work (eg construction workers). These people should be careful not to make great efforts, very hard not to overburden column. Also, do not make sudden movements, to raise and maintaining that weight right back position.
3. Maintaining a normal body weight
Overweight or obese people are more likely to develop spondylosis because too much weight affects the spine joints. Extra weight puts more pressure on the joints, favoring their wear.
4. The practice of regular exercise
We know that sport is good for health, the sport help and reduce the risk of spondylosis. You must choose exercises that will strengthen the back muscles of the neck and to have a correct position of the back, so the intervertebral joints are not overstretched.
5. Give up smoking
Besides dozens of benefits that make quitting smoking, remove this dangerous vice positively influence the treatment of spondylosis.

Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis what is it ?

Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative disease of the cervical spine, characterized by the appearance of bone spurs (small bony growths) in the cervical vertebrae.

cervical spondylosis
cervical spondylosis

Osteophytes (bone spur) can be diagnosed by radiography. Cervical spondylosis occurs mainly in people aged over 40 years. Is the underlying cause both aging and wear of intervertebral discs and joints due to vicious positions of the cervical spine (eg incorrect state office). Bone spurs that form at this level are a form of body repair reaction. But sometimes they can hamper, causing pain and reduced mobility of the cervical spine. However, the pain is often when viewed on intervertebral lesions. Other causes of cervical spondylosis, besides those mentioned, are minor or major injury of the cervical spine, decreased tone muscle of the muscles of the neck due to inactivity, lack of exercise or spondylosis may occur due to congenital anomalies (rare).

Cervical spondylosis symptoms

Cervical spondylosis symptoms are: neck pain, morning stiffness. If spinal canal or intervertebral hole is narrowing because of bone spurd, may occur: dizziness, numbness of the hands, decreased muscle strength of upper limbs (weakness). In the cervical vertebrae (only at this level) there are cross holes. The vertebral arteries that irrigate them pass brain stem and cerebellum (hind brain). If these vessels are compressed, a small amount of blood reaches the brain and appear the following symptoms: headache in occipital region, abnormal gait (from oxygen deprivation cerebellum), dizziness.

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Cervical spondylosis treatment

Cervical spondylosis, as well as other types of spondylosis is a degenerative disease, chronic, not heal, but symptoms can be improved by choosing appropriate treatment. Drug cervical spondylosis treatment can be used is: pain relievers, infiltration with lidocaine, procaine, in case of dizziness tranquilizers. Medications will be established and prescribed only by your doctor !

Cervical spondylosis condition rarely reach the surgery. This applies when the spinal canal is completely narrowed.

The diagnosis of cervical spondylosis should be put carefully and correctly. Many people aged under 40 suffer from neck pain, but that does not mean they have cervical spondylosis because the disease is rarely seen at an early age. Neck pain can occur due to an occipital nerve neuralgia (when patients walked with wet head in cold weather) or because of incorrect position of the spine (especially those who spend long hours at work, in front of the computer).

Cervical spondylosis non-drug therapy

Cervical spondylosis non-drug therapy is: physical therapy, physiotherapy and massage. This cervical spondylosis treatment is very successful and lasting longer.

cervical spondylosis therapy
cervical spondylosis therapy

Physiotherapy associated with therapeutic massage effect acts against neck pain with painkillers effect, help to increase trophicity adjacent areas and relax the spine and cervical para-vertebral muscles. Physiotherapy is more benefic and more lasting if these procedures are associated with therapeutic massage.
Physical therapy acts directly on the case (the vertebrae and inter-vertebral disc degeneration helping to rehydrate them). It leads to restore joint mobility, increase muscle elasticity and tone, reducing negative effects of bone spurs and improve overall body condition of psycho-motor standpoint . Physical therapy begins after the 12 sessions of physiotherapy associated with therapeutic massage.

Advices for patients with cervical spondylosis

cervical spondylosis movements
cervical spondylosis movements
  • Avoid long positions with the head flexed. If the job requires such a position, you should perform periodic motion recovery without interrupting the professional activity.
  • Rest without support head on high cushions, using only a roll placed under the neck.
  • Follow the daily movements of antagonistic gymnastic extension, flexion and rotation of the head until the disappearance of muscle pain and neuralgic.
  • Regain cervical muscle functionality through exercise and massage removes the unpleasant symptoms of spondylosis.
  • Spondylolisthesis can be avoided by daily combat vicious perseverance column positions, beginning in adolescence.

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Lumbar Spondylosis

Lumbar spondylosis what is it ?

Lumbar spondylosisis the appearance of osteophytes in the lumbar vertebrae.

Lumbar spondylosis example of disc problems
Lumbar spondylosis examples of disc problems

Bone spurs are bony growths small localized mainly on the front and side of the vertebral bodies. On X-rays can be seen well these osteophytes. Bone spurs are present at the many people who have lumbar spondylosis, but are asymptomatic. So bone spurs are the leading cause of back pain in this disease. Lumbar spondylosis usually produces no symptoms, occurring after complications. Some complications include nerve compression by bone spurs at the back of the vertebral body. Because pain is necessary to appear intervertebral hole diameter reduction by 30%. If the bone spur is found in the spinal canal can compress the spinal cord at that level, giving the characteristic symptoms. Spondylosis is a degenerative process. Mainly affects lumbar spine to persons over 40 years and the degenerative process progresses with age.

Lumbar spondylosis symptoms

Lumbar spondylosis symptoms are back pain and the morning stiffness. Lumbar spine is subjected to high stress, supporting most of her body weight. Thus, the inter-vertebral discs wear at this level is a causal factor of spondylosis and back pain often accompanies physical activity. Even the position of sitting or standing for a longer period of time can cause pain in people affected by lumbar spondylosis. Nerve compression as a complication of spondylosis, give characteristic symptoms: pain, numbness, weakness in the legs and buttocks. Another complication is the instability of the lumbar spine spondylosis due to morphological and functional alterations of the vertebrae and inter-vertebral discs. Vertebrae are not aligned normally slip one over the other, a process called spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis cause spinal deformity, pain, paresthesia.

Lumbar spondylosis treatment

Lumbar spondylosis treatment may be medical, non-medical or surgical. Appropriate therapy will be chosen based on patient symptoms, the degree of evolution of disease and other factors that may interfere with the treatment chosen. Often, treatment can be combined, for example: medications associated with physical therapy, etc.. Drug therapy involves the administration of pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, antidepressants (if needed) or infiltration with steroids.
Surgery is performed when a nerve is incarcerated, causing numbness and severe pain and persistent.

lumbar spondylosis exercise
lumbar spondylosis exercise

Lumbar spondylosis non-drug therapy

Lumbar spondylosis non-drug therapy is: physical therapy, physiotherapy, massage. Patients suffering from chronic pain, persistent and annoying can to buy back various media (eg the car). They are beneficial because they limit movement of the spine, correct deformities and stabilize the spine. In the kinesiology lumbar traction can be made to increase the distance between the vertebrae, the pain-relieving effect.

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