Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis - expert advice

pain in the neck region with osteochondrosis

The neck is considered one of the most vulnerable areas of the spine. This is due to the anatomical features of the structure of the cervical vertebrae. After all, the vertebrae of the neck show increased mobility, they are very easily displaced due to increased loads or injuries. In addition, they quickly undergo dystrophic and degenerative changes. And this is osteochondrosis. As a rule, the aggravation of the disease occurs in the mobile part of the lower part of the neck. And a bump is formed between the collarbone and the neck.


To date, the exact causes of osteochondrosis (ICD code M42) are not known. Any doctor will tell you a number of factors, including:

  • disturbed metabolic processes in the body;
  • tendency;
  • poor physical development, aggravation of scoliosis, flat feet and other bone and muscle diseases;
  • poisoning and infection;
  • microdamages of the spine as a result of blows, falls, sudden movements, increased loads, as well as monotonous asymmetric movements;
  • increased blood pressure (BP);
  • microdamages of the spine as a result of fractures and bruises;
  • violation of the nutritional schedule, overweight, sedentary lifestyle, which is associated with a lack of liquid, vitamins, micro- and macroelements;
  • uncomfortable posture during sleep or sleep disturbance;
  • stress and bad habits can also cause aggravation.

In addition, any doctor will tell you that there are several reasons for the appearance of osteochondrosis, ICD code M42 (for example, "lightning" appears in the eyes, a lump forms on the neck or blood pressure rises sharply). As a result, the pressure changes and appearsvertebral artery syndrome and derealization.


The first symptoms that appear at the onset of the disease are constant pain in bends or after sleeping, as well as vertebral artery syndrome, which caused an increase in blood pressure. There is a "stiffness" on the neck. The muscles become numb and the pain syndrome lasts long enough. Fingers start to go numb.

There are severe headaches in the occipital region (vertebral artery syndrome) and increased pressure. As a result, derealization begins - the patient's gait is unsteady, dizziness and tinnitus occur, "lightning" may appear in the eyes. After hypothermia, or if the sleeping position was uncomfortable, the muscles become inflamed and the patient loses his head. In addition, patients may complain that when the head is tilted forward, there is an acute pain syndrome in the area of the shoulder blades, derealization, etc.

If you feel aggravation and similar symptoms, see a doctor immediately so that your life does not turn into hell.


For everyone who suffers from this disease, the only question arises: how to cure cervical osteochondrosis (ICD code M42) and vertebral artery syndrome?

There are two types of treatment:

  • conservative;
  • functional.
damage to the cervical spine in osteochondrosis

The treatment regimen for the disease (ICD code M42) is selected depending on the severity of the disease, the desire and sources of healing, and other indications and contraindications in each case. The doctor decides on the method of treatment.

Answer patients' questions: is it possible to cure cervical osteochondrosis and vertebral artery syndrome? There is only one answer - yes. But the duration and method directly depends on the severity of the disease.

Conservative treatment and rehabilitation should take place in a complex that uses a variety of methods. Modern medicine reduces treatment and recovery after surgery to two main things:

  • drug therapy;
  • hardware treatment (for example, patients use a special device for the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis, electrophoresis);
  • Exercise therapy (eg horizontal band).

But when treating the neck, the doctor may observe an underestimation of the body's resources, for example, an increase in blood pressure. The procedures are carried out as if they are "in the absence" of the patient, as if the active participation of the patient in the healing cannot or should not happen. Such a passive method of treatment and rehabilitation can be very long, and in some cases even electrophoresis does not help. As a resultthe disease progresses, the blood pressure does not stabilize, and the vertebral artery syndrome does not disappear. And the patient continues to be tormented by derealization and "lightning" in his eyes.

neck pain with osteochondrosis

Therefore, during the conservative treatment and rehabilitation of the neck, as well as after surgery, the doctor must use techniques such as:

  • Exercise therapy (and the correct sleeping position).
  • Pilates for cervical osteochondrosis.
  • Horizontal bar.
  • Electrophoresis.
  • Aqua aerobics.
  • Unloading treatment based on stretching the spine.
  • Magnetic, electrical and vibrational stimulation.
  • Ultrasound, laser and mobilization-vacuum therapy.
  • Therapeutic diet.
  • Psychotherapy.
  • Drug therapy (pain relievers, antispasmodics, anti-inflammatory drugs, etc. ).


The best prevention of the disease is proper nutrition and physical education (water aerobics and horizontal bar)

In addition, it will not be superfluous to massage the muscles of the back, lower back and limbs. You need to do exercises with swinging movements of the arms and legs, turning the head and kneading the neck, jumping in place, pulling up the horizontal bar. And then the vertebral artery syndrome and derealization do not threaten.

gymnastics for the neck with osteochondrosis

Treatment at home

There are many legends about the dangers of home therapy and the use of folk remedies. At the same time, the doctor also recommends treating the disease (ICD code M42) and vertebral artery syndrome at home, because the duration of recovery depends on the patient's behavior and the use of different treatment methods (e. g. bar) at home.

The horizontal bar of self-care is an excellent simulator. If you are going to incorporate a horizontal bar into an exercise routine, be very careful. After all, any sudden movement can cause harm, and then the horizontal bar is not an assistant, but a "pest". Do not abuse home treatment if you do not know what to do.

Do not treat it at home, but go to a doctor!

Nevertheless, do not rush to start treatment at home: a qualified doctor will give useful recommendations for self-treatment. He not only prescribes medicines, but also tells you what to do so that there is no aggravation. He explains how to behave so that derealization does not occur and "lightning" does not appear in the eyes. He also shows a series of exercises, thanks to which the bulge between the neck and collarbone disappears.

Do not forget that it is impossible to conduct electrophoresis at home, which is so necessary for this disease.

The main flaw of therapy is considered to be an insufficiently deep look: getting rid of symptoms at home (for example, the "lightning" in the eyes has stopped and derealization has disappeared) does not mean that we got rid of the disease. And this only creates a temporary feeling of comfort with a further attack of malaise, as well as with the worsening of pain.

Therefore, the use of painkillers in the treatment of the disease at home is only a small part of what you can do. It is best not to self-medicate, consult a specialist and undergo the prescribed procedures.

Usually, doctors give advice, the full observance of which is a guarantee of quality treatment. These include: diet, exercise therapy, use of medication, lifestyle changes, sleep and rest, choice of bedding.

A systematic approach is necessary in the treatment of osteochondrosis (ICD code M42), therefore the prescriptions prescribed by the doctor must be followed not in part, but in full.