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Cervical Spondylitis is a common degenerative condition of the cervical (neck) spine that most likely is caused by age-related changes (wear and tear) in the intervertebral disks and vertebrae of the neck. Research has shown that CSM (cervical spondylotic myelopathy) is the most common cause of non-traumatic weakness in limbs and a persistent stiffness and nagging pain in the neck
Most often in people above the age of 40, the intervertebral discs get progressively dehydrated and they become more compressible and less elastic. Mineral deposition starts occurring in the intervertebral disc resulting in secondary changes. Although majority of individuals over 40 years of age demonstrate significant radiological evidence of the above changes, only a small percentage develop symptoms of the same. Another noteworthy point is that sometimes the degenerative changes in the cervical spine can be visible on the X-ray as early as in 30’s but it does not call for any treatment if the patient is not symptomatic
The above changes result in compression of the nerves leading to radiculopathy (pain, numbness, weakness and loss of reflex due to compression and irritation of spinal nerve) or compression of the spinal cord resulting in cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) (commonly caused by spinal stenosis resulting in loss of movements and sensation). Both the neural and spinal cord compression will result in radiculomyelopathy
Clinically, several groups of symptoms, both overlapping and distinct, are seen: neck and shoulder pain, sub-occipital pain and headache, radicular symptoms, and cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM).
The most common symptom is intermittent persistent neck and shoulder pain.
The pain can be chronic or episodic, associated with long periods of remission.
The most common symptom is pain in the neck, worsening with exertion and relieved, in the early stages, by rest.
This pain often radiates down to the hand, with the fingers becoming numb due to compression of the nerves that innervate the upper extremity.
The brachial plexus is affected. The trapezius area becomes tender and painful. A nodule can form in the muscle due to chronic pressure.
The symptoms of cervical cord compression can sometimes be severe.
The pain radiates down the right or left arm to the fingers, to the chest and shoulder blades depending on which side the nerve root is involved
It can become continuous, making movements painful and limited. If the cervical vertebrae become unstable, the danger of cord compression is imminent and, in some cases, fusion of the bones may be warranted. But this is rare
Neck pain is often accompanied by stiffness which progressively worsens. Pain may also radiate to the shoulders or to the occiput. Many patients present with interscapular pain, pain in the arm, forearm, and/or hand pain
Non-specific headaches occurring mostly in the sub-occipital region (lower part at the back of head) and this pain radiates to the base of the neck and to the vertex (top) of the head
Patients without any history of trauma present with pain, loss of sensation, abnormal sensations and weakness, or a combination of these symptoms. These symptoms are often present in the shoulders, arms and rarely in the legs
Occasionally, the pain may be atypical and present as chest pain or breast pain (false angina).
Patients with myelopathy can present with symptoms such as difficulty in writing; nonspecific, diffuse weakness; and abnormal sensations.
Loss of sphincter control and urinary incontinence occurs in very rare cases, but some patients complain of urgency, frequency, and urinary hesitancy
Clinical evaluation is immensely important for the diagnosis of cervical spondylitis. The findings can be confirmed by:
X-ray of neck (cervical spine) which may show development of spurs (bony outgrowths) on the vertebrae.
MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) can be done to confirm diagnosis and judge the extent of neural damage, if any.
EMG (Electromyelography) can help in diagnosing cervical radiculopathy
The medicines in homeopathy are effective, safe and free from side effects, even if taken for a ling time. Not only that, they are supposed to control further destruction of the disc to some extent, as they are deep acting medicines
Homeopathic medicines offer excellent relief for cervical pains. Homeopathic medications can relieve the spasms of the muscles and provide effective pain relief without any side effects and good for raising the immunity. homeopathy is of use in eradicating chronic relapsing conditions. Homoeopathy doesn’t treat the ‘disease in man’ but it treats the ‘man in disease’. Homoeopathy treats the cause of disease and the illness will disappear.
homeopathy is strongly recommended
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