Arthrosis of the rib-vertebral joints
Arthrosis of the rib-vertebral joints is a joint disease that is characterized by their wear. Usually this disease affects the elderly due to violation of metabolic processes in the body. The cartilage that forms the joint is not getting enough nutrition begin to dry out, crack and fade. This leads to pain in the spine, difficulty in movement and even disability of the person.
Causes and symptoms of the disease
The costal-vertebral joints are located near the spine at the attachment of the ribs to the vertebral column. The ribs connected to the spine is not hard, but still. This happens with such joints as the rib-vertebral joints, so that the chest can expand when breathing.
Doctors distinguish primary and secondary forms of osteoarthritis. The primary form is when it is impossible to determine the cause of the disease. The diagnosis of «secondary osteoarthritis» is established when the cause of the disease clear, and problems with joints are its consequences. Arthrosis in the region of the costal-vertebral joints may occur for the following reasons:
- infectious disease;
- inflammation or chronic inflammation (sinusitis, dental caries);
- diseases of the endocrine system;
Typically, osteoarthritis occurs in older people due to age-related degenerative changes in cartilage. Because of natural aging processes of many body systems can falter. The risk group includes women of Mature age. Bone and cartilage tissue in women thinner and more susceptible to change than men.
The main sign of osteoarthritis is pain. Initially, the pain may occur at the end of the work day or after a long stay in a standing position. With pressure on the chest pain may increase. At this stage arthrosis can occur completely asymptomatic. Sometimes the patient may experience short-term mild pain. Over time, degenerative sensations in the chest increase, and the patient even becomes hard to breathe.
The second and third stage of the disease are characterized by severe pain, cartilage destruction and disability of the person.
The need to change the diet
The costal-vertebral joints subjected to arthritis, require a holistic treatment. You first need to review your diet and lifestyle. Treatment with medication is aimed at relieving pain, inflammation and restore cartilage. Obese patients need to lose weight. Proper nutrition helps to normalize the metabolism, significantly reduces the amount of salts and elements that contribute to cartilage destruction. Diet able to efficiently transform lives and prevent many diseases.
From the diet should exclude:
The diet should be:
|spicy and salty food; preservatives;||cereals, wholemeal bread;|
|sausage, vacuum-Packed products;||meat is not recommended to fry, and it is better to boil or bake;|
|sweet confectionery products, sugar;||as a dressing for salads use vegetable oil (sunflower, olive, linseed, corn);|
|alcohol, sweet sparkling water.||every day needs to consume up to 1.5 liters of water and fresh fruits and vegetables.|
For the treatment of arthritis is also shown physiotherapy. The positive effect of magnetic therapy and phonophoresis. Gives good results with acupuncture.
Extremely useful are massage courses, Spa treatment using therapeutic mud, clay or water.
A comprehensive treatment of the arthrosis
For the health of the body is also extremely important to lead an active lifestyle. Physiotherapy relieves pain, has a positive effect on motor abilities of the joint. The positive effect of exercises with gymnastic Hoop. Patients with diseases of the spine also recommend swimming and water aerobics. While in the water help strengthen the muscles of the whole body, without exerting pressure on the spine and painful joints.
Anti-inflammatory and pain medications for this disease exist in the form of ointments, tablets. Relieve inflammation non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs («Ibuprofen», «Piroxicam»). If the chest muscles spasmatic, then prescribe muscle relaxants – drugs that promote muscle relaxation. Relief is able to bring various creams and gels. But they do not affect the root cause and provide only temporary relief. In the initial stages is shown taking chondoprotective drugs that speed up the process of formation of new cartilage cells. Treatment chondroprotectors long-term (6 to 12 months), but it is aimed at eliminating the causes of disease and gives the best results.
In some cases, surgical intervention. Denervation surgery is a surgical intervention, during which «turns off» nerves, due to which a person feels a constant pain. The complete destruction of the joint is possible transplantation, i.e., transplantation or cartilage, or replacing the entire joint.
Osteoarthritis of joints amenable to treatment. The positive results obtained by the treatment, initiated in the early stages of the disease. So do not delay your visit to the doctor. Please contact the medical facility as soon as he found first symptoms of the disease.