Cervical spondylitis


Overview

Cervical spondylosis is a common, age-related condition that affects the joints  and discs in the cervical spine, which is in the neck. It’s also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis.

Symptoms

  • Stiff neck.
  • Neck pain.
  • Neck pain radiating to the back of head; shoulders; arms.
  • Tingling sensation of the hands and legs.
  • Numbness of the Hands and leg.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control in severe cases. 

According to Ayurveda there are three elements present in our body: Vata, Pitta and Kapha which should be in balance. Cervical spondylosis is considered as Griva sandhigata vata, aggravation of vata dosha is the main cause of cervical diseases.

Causes

  • Dehydrated discs: With age, the discs that act as cushions between the vertebrae of your spine tend to dry out and shrink. This results in more bone on bone contact between the vertebrae, which can be painful.
  • Herniated discs: Aging can also impact the exterior of your spinal discs leading to cracks and bulging or herniated discs. Herniated discs can result in pain that radiates down the arm.
  • Bone spurs: Bone spurs are bone overgrowths that are the misguided efforts of the body to increase spine strength. The extra bone can pinch on the delicate areas of the spine and nerve roots causing pain.
  • Stiff ligaments
  • Work activity- Who carry loads on their heads, office employees who spend a long time sitting in front of their computers.
  • Smoking

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at :

  1. Relief from pain ,numbness and weakness
  2. Prevent progression of disease.
  3. Strengthen muscle and relax the nerve and Rejuvenate the whole body.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol.

  • Neck pain and radiating pain from neck to back of head, shoulders and arm, weakness, numbness - Irritated, compressed and inflamed spinal nerves produce pain along the path of the nerve. Ashwagandha, Punarnava, provides strength to the back muscles, spine and the ligaments. It also reduces the inflammation and irritation in spinal nerves and acts as a natural Rejuvenator which provides nutrition and strength to the tissues, especially bones and muscles. It balances Vata dosha.
  • Guggulu, Trayodashang guggul, Mahayogaraja guggulu, Rasna, Gokshura, Eranda Jatamansi are powerful pain allevaters that help to pacify vata dosha in joints, muscles and nerves. It helps in improving immunity and also regulates metabolism of the body and eliminates toxins and waste products from the body.

           (The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbomineral preparations)

Other therapies - Abhyanga(oil massage), Basti (enema), Greeva Basti (An external Ayurvedic treatment of localized application of medicated oil used in a particular region on the neck),  Virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood), Vasti (enema),  Lepa (therapy wherein paste of drug is applied to the affected part). 

 

Herbs

Ashwagandha, Punarnava, Guggulu, Trayodashang guggul, Mahayogaraja guggulu, Rasna, Gokshura, Eranda,  Jatamansi


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