Cervical radiculitis

Cervical radiculitis
from cervical sciatica affects people of almost all age groups.But the sooner treatment is started, the less the likelihood of irreversible or difficult to treat changes.

At the heart of the development of this disease is the compression of the nerve roots and surrounding structures near the site of a discharge near the spine.

neck sciatica (radicular radiculopathy)

This disease of the peripheral nervous system that affects the nerve roots extending from the spinal cord.At the heart of the development of this pathological process is the compression of the nerve roots and surrounding structures near the site of a discharge near the spine.

most common cause of sciatica is a cervical osteochondrosis.

This is due to a decrease in the elasticity of the intervertebral discs due to the slowly growing natural (age), or pathologic (due to disease or trauma) of dehydration (dehydration).These processes lead to the weakening of the shock-absorbing properties of intervertebral discs and reduce their height.

Consequently vertebral body a little closer together, which leads to narrowing of the intervertebral foramen, through which pass the nerve roots.

In some cases, cervical osteochondrosis appears bulging disks (protrusion ) and even formation hernial protrusion , which may put pressure on the roots before they exit from the intervertebral foramen.In this process it may be involved in not only nerve tissue roots themselves, but spinal cord, to cover the roots out of the intervertebral foramen.And this leads to a more severe clinical symptoms.

neck sciatica: other reasons

also cervical sciatica may develop :

  • in rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and other systemic diseases,
  • after injuries, operations, as well as due to chronic micro-traumas (eg, whiplashinjured drivers of vehicles),
  • because of the local impact of adverse factors: hypothermia, awkward movement at the turn of the head, etc.,
  • spastic muscle contraction due to the irregular physical activity, long-term stay in an awkward position (eg,when working in a forced position during sleep, etc.),
  • the direct inflammation of nervous tissue (diabetic neuropathy, Lyme disease, herpes, intoxication, etc.)

neck sciatica:

manifestations most often sciaticaproyaalyaetsya:

  • local pain along the nerve root and nerve trunks off of it (up to the tips of the fingers), the piercing pain ( "like an electric shock"), which often leads to the restriction of movements,
  • appearance of paresthesia: numbness, feeling"pins and needles" and other discomforts,
  • violation sensitivity: temperature, pain,
  • appearance of weakness in the limbs and fatigue, weakening of tendon reflexes (within the innervation of the affected spine),
  • appearance and slow increase of muscle atrophy patient limb
  • increased pain when moving, sneezing, coughing, etc.,
  • forced to weaken the position of the patient's severity of pain, alleviate the condition (it may be a functional scoliosis and cervical spine, and its rotation, flatness of lordosis, etc.).

sciatica Neck: treatment

Patients in acute sciatica state recommended the restriction of movement in the cervical spine (immobilization with wearing an orthopedic collar), rest, taking pain medications, as well as consultation of the neurologist as soon as possible.If necessary, it is carried out neurophysiological and X-ray examination, CT (computed tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and other types of surveys, as well as advice related professionals

After further diagnosis is conducted course of treatment and remediation under constant medical supervision of the patient.

And first of all therapeutic measures aimed at eliminating the causes of cervical sciatica, pain syndrome, and later - to restore the tissue involved in the process and relapse prevention.

Typically, in the conservative treatment of cervical sciatica (permitting the patient's condition and there are no contraindications) are widely used:

  • drug therapy (NSAIDs, analgesics, drugs for improving nerve conduction, antispasmodics, etc..d.), paravertebral blocks,
  • physiotherapy, aimed at the removal of pain, reduction of inflammatory changes and improvement in the state of tissues
  • soft manual techniques (such as structural and craniosacral osteopathy), relaxing massage,
  • local therapy using ointments,gels, grindings, etc.with drugs and herbal remedies,
  • at calming treatment process connected specially designed exercise (physical therapy)
  • reflexology, cryotherapy, etc.

When persistent absence of the effect of the therapy and the presence of severe pain syndrome is necessary neurosurgeon's consultation to decide on surgical treatment.

But usually before in most cases this does not reach up as available to the means of modern medicine for medical treatment of this condition are very effective, particularly in early disease.Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not self-medicate and consult a doctor (neurologist, vertebrology, physician)!

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