Cervical radiculitis: treatment and prevention
Radiculitis is a disease that occurs on the background of lesions of spinal nerve roots. Depending on localization distinguish lumbar-sacral (most common), thoracic (relatively rare) and cervical-brachial type of the disease. If the inflammatory process has affected the cervical spine, this disease is called «cervical radiculitis».
The causes of sciatica
Initially, the disease is acute later becomes chronic with periods of exacerbation and remission. To cause exacerbation of sciatica can infectious disease, physical exercise, stress, hypothermia, decreased immunity. The risk group includes people with excess body weight, engaged in heavy physical labor, leading a sedentary lifestyle.
If developed cervical radiculitis, the symptoms will be the following:
- pain in the neck radiating to the arms, back;
- difficulty in movement;
- there is a sharp stabbing pain in the arms and neck, especially at night;
- numbness, loss of sensation, particularly in the cervical area.
Depending on which spinal nerves are affected, pain may be felt in the neck, shoulders, arms, and fingers. How to diagnose cervical radiculitis? First comes the examination of the patient by a neurologist, who determines whether there has been a change in the sensitivity in the neck area, check reflexes, muscle strength.
To confirm the diagnosis, tests are taken, a survey for the presence of infectious disease. Also used magnetic resonance imaging, electromyography.
Treatment and prevention of disease
Primarily assigned to anti-inflammatory drugs. The treatment is carried out with the help of ibuprofen, aspirin, cortisone injections. Apply painkillers — paracetamol, baralgin, novocaine. Vitamin therapy, in particular, the use of b vitamins to restore the body. Often when sciatica is prescribed cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12). Physiotherapy treatment is aimed at improving metabolic processes, helps to relieve swelling and relieves inflammation. Shown warming up the cervical region. Well established chiropractic and acupuncture. Recommended therapeutic massage, exercise. If necessary, apply a neck brace, which secures the neck and shoulder Department stationary.
To treat sciatica folk remedies can be the mild form of the disease. For grinding cervical area, you can use the infusion of hop cones on alcohol. It is prepared as follows: a tablespoon of cones filled with 100 g of vodka, infused for about a day.
Clay application: used red clay that is poured hot water, the mixture is brought to the consistency of the dough. In some recipes it is recommended to add kerosene. From a clay mass is made of cake, it should be warm. It was applied to the neck with cervical radiculitis or shoulders and interscapular area, if you have cervical-brachial radiculitis. The duration of treatment as necessary.
Mixture for rubbing from bog rosemary: 2 tbsp. tablespoons dry grass pour 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and heat without bringing to a boil. Rubbed into a sore spot in the cervical area.
Prevention of sciatica.
Incorrect the impact on the area of the cervical area of the spine, particularly the reduction, the exhaust from unqualified chiropractors that can permanently worsen the condition of the patient and even lead to death. Cervical radiculitis is a condition that requires the attention of specialists, treatment in the health facilities.