Cervical spondylosis is a general term for age-related wear and tear of the cervical spine that is located in the neck region.
The cervical spine is made up of seven segments that provide structural support for head, protect the cervical spinal cord and the exiting nerve roots enclosed within it. Osteoarthritic changes in the cervical spine- degeneration of the intervertebral discs, protrusion and bony overgrowth of adjacent vertebral bodies causes compression of the nerve roots and sometimes of the spinal cord. The changes are most prominent in the areas of maximum motion. In the order of frequency C5/6, C6/7 and C4/5 vertebral levels affect C6, C7 and C3 roots respectively.
- Repeated occupational trauma in patients who lift heavy weights overhead.
- Congenital bony anomalies, blocked vertebrae and malformed laminae that place undue stress on adjacent intervertebral discs.
- Bad posture, long sitting hours, poor dietary habits and other factors contributing to the early degeneration of the bone in younger population.
Symptoms: Cervical spondylosis may present with
- Non-specific chronic neck pain aggravated by neck movement.
- Stiffness in posterior neck and around shoulders
- Limited range of neck movement or pain during neck movement.
- Numbness, tingling or radiation of neck pain in the arms.
- Dizziness or vertigo.
- Co-ordination and gait issues, grip weakness and bowel and bladder complaints with associated physical findings.
The location and rate of degeneration as well as degree of symptoms and functional disturbance varies and is unique to the individual. Cervical spondylosis considerably affects the quality of life of the patient.
Diagnosis: The diagnosis of this condition is done through clinical presentation, patient examination, X-Ray/ MRI cervical spine.
Treatment: Cervical spondylosis is increasingly common these days. The patients suffer from reduced quality of life with neck pain and other associated symptoms affecting their routine life. Although non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, physiotherapy, analgesics are available for its treatment; there is little evidence to support their efficacy.
Homoeopathy is safe, non-invasive and much less expensive. It is holistic system of medicine that provides highly individualized treatment for cervical spondylosis based on the varied symptom presentation as well as fully considering the physical make-up of the patient as well as the intellectual and mental characteristics. Homoeopathy not only renders relief in symptom presentation of cervical spondylosis but also delays the degenerative process further.