Cervical osteochondrosis treatment - expert advice

pain in the cervical region with osteochondrosis

The neck is considered one of the most vulnerable places in the spine. This is due to the anatomical features of the structure of the vertebrae of the neck. After all, the vertebrae of the neck have 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. Usually, an exacerbation of the disease occurs in the moving part of the lower neck. And a bump forms between the collarbone and the neck.


To date, the exact causes of osteochondrosis (ICD code M42) are unknown. Any doctor will tell you a number of factors, including:

  • disturbed metabolic processes in the body;
  • predisposition;
  • poor physical development, scoliosis, flat feet and exacerbation of other diseases in the bones and muscles;
  • poisoning and infection;
  • microdamages of the spine as a result of blows, falls, sudden movements, increased loads, as well as monotonous asymmetrical movements;
  • increased blood pressure (BP);
  • microdamages of the spine as a result of fractures and bruises;
  • violation of the nutrition schedule, overweight, sedentary lifestyle, which entail a lack of fluid, vitamins, micro and macro elements;
  • uncomfortable posture during sleep or sleep disturbance;
  • stress, bad habits can also cause an exacerbation.

Also, any doctor will tell you that there are many more different reasons for the appearance of osteochondrosis, ICD code M42 (for example, "lightning" appears in the eyes, a bump forms on the neck or there is a sharp increase in blood pressure). As a result, the pressure changes and vertebral artery syndrome appears, as well as derealization.


The first symptoms that appear when the disease occurs are constant pain during turns or after sleep, as well as vertebral artery syndrome, which provoked an increase in blood pressure. There is a "stiffening" of the neck. Muscles become numb, and the pain syndrome lasts long enough. Fingers begin to numb.

There are severe headaches in the occipital region (vertebral artery syndrome) and there is an increase in pressure. As a result, derealization begins - a sick person has an unsteady gait, 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 the ability to turn 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, and so on.

If you feel an exacerbation and similar symptoms, then immediately consult a doctor 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?

Treatment is of two types:

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

A treatment regimen for the disease is selected (ICD code M42), depending on the severity of the disease, the desire and resources for recovery, as well as other indications and contraindications in each specific case. The decision on the method of treatment is made by the doctor.

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

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

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

But during the treatment of the neck, the doctor may observe an underestimation of the body's resources, for example, an increase in blood pressure. The procedures take place as if "in the absence" of the patient, as if the patient's active participation in the cure cannot or should not occur. Such a passive method of treatment and rehabilitation can be very long, and in some cases even electrophoresis does not help. As a result, the disease progresses, 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 the eyes.

neck pain with osteochondrosis

Therefore, during conservative treatment and rehabilitation of the neck and after surgery, the doctor should include techniques such as:

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


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

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

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 even recommends treating the disease (ICD code M42) and the vertebral artery syndrome at home, because the duration of the cure depends on the patient’s behavior and the use of various methods of treatment (for example, a horizontal bar) at home.

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

Do not treat at home, but go to the doctor!

Nevertheless, do not rush to start treatment at home: it is a qualified doctor who will give useful recommendations for self-treatment. He will not only prescribe drugs, but also tell you what to do so that there is no exacerbation. He will explain how to behave so that derealization does not occur and "lightning" does not appear in the eyes. It will also show a set of exercises, thanks to which the bump between the neck and collarbone will disappear.

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

The main mistake of therapy is considered to be an insufficient look in depth: getting rid of symptoms at home (for example, "lightning" in the eyes stopped appearing and derealization disappeared) does not mean that there was a get rid of the disease. And this only creates a temporary appearance of comfort with a further attack of malaise, as well as exacerbation of pain. Exacerbation of this disease can harm the patient.

Therefore, the use of pain medications in the process of treating the disease at home is only a small part of what you are able to do. It is best not to self-medicate, consult a specialist and attend prescribed procedures.

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

In the treatment of osteochondrosis (ICD code M42), a systematic approach is required, therefore, the prescriptions that the doctor gave you should be followed not partially, but completely.