The deposition of salts in the cervical spine: causes, symptoms and treatment
Often people suffering from degenerative-dystrophic diseases, confusing processes such as the deposition of salts and the growth of osteophytes. Usually, this confusion originates in the incorrect interpretation of radiographs. After all, for example, the deposition of salts in the cervical spine in the images looks like osteophytes, although the osteophytes is a bone spur that are protective reaction of the organism to the destruction of joint cartilage.
The deposition of salts in the knee joint is much rarer than the processes associated with excessive crystallization of calcium salts in the cervical spine. This is due to many factors. In fact, the deposition of salts is possible and in the shoulder joint, as in any other decaying cartilaginous connection. It is not necessary there should be a concomitant disease, as the beginning of this process lies in the systemic violations of metabolic processes in the human body.
The main causes of calcification
The human body has the unique ability to accumulate substances in reserve in case of deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals. However, for proper absorption of certain trace elements the body requires more of the substance. In order to effectively absorb calcium and potassium, need a significant amount of vitamin D and some other elements.
Modern people, usually over a long period of his life is not particularly concerned about their health, diet and physical activity. As a consequence, failures occur in metabolic processes. Because of this, the surplus salts of calcium and potassium is not excreted naturally, but instead are deposited in tissues, bones and cartilage. There are several factors that to some extent predispose to the deposition of salts in the cervical spine:
The main risk presented by people leading a sedentary lifestyle. Most often the deposition of calcium salts in the cervical spine occurs in those who are in the process, forced to bow his head and remain in that position for a long time.
The symptoms of excessive crystallization
Calcination is a factor that provokes the development of many degenerative processes. Most people don’t pay attention to the first minor symptoms of excessive crystallization of salts. This occurs until then, until there are clear signs of defeat of a backbone which will force the person to take care of your health. Symptoms salt deposits of calcium and potassium, as a rule, are mild, so people do not always can pay attention to them.
In the early stages of calcification in most people when moving the neck from side to side and up and down can cause unpleasant tugging sensation in the muscles, and light crunch. It should be noted that these symptoms may persist with every turn of the head or disappear after a few movements. In the initial period of formation of salts, as a rule, pain with movement of the head is not observed. Nevertheless, the existing signs of disease are a major reason for going to the doctor, as these symptoms can indicate not only about the excessive crystallization of salts, but also on the initial stage of osteoarthritis.
Increasing the number of crystals of calcium salts in the cartilaginous tissues of the cervical spine can be observed not only a tugging sensation in the muscles and light crunch, but more pronounced symptoms. Such manifestations include ringing in the ears, slight dizziness, loss of coordination, fatigue, constant muscle tension back and neck.
In addition, significant deposition of salts in the cervical backbone causes severe pain syndrome when attempting a sharp turn of the head when lifting the arms up. In the future salt deposits may be a factor predisposing to the emergence of spinal herniation or protrusion of the discs.
A comprehensive treatment with diet and physical therapy
As a rule, if the person ignores the symptoms of calcification or pathology treatment not carried out adequately, the consequences can be extremely dire. The most common complications of the process of calcification can be attributed to the decreased mobility of the cervical spine and fusion of vertebrae of this division between them.
Treatment of salt deposits in the first place involves a radical change of lifestyle.
If there is the appearance of salts, but no signs of joint disease, the treatment does not involve the use of drugs. Most often, to repair damaged tissues will be sufficient to conduct a course of physiotherapy. In each case, the doctor selects a set of exercises that are able to provide the correct load for the neck and shoulder, which contributes to the restoration of blood flow.
Treatment of salt deposits also implies a change in diet. Proper diet should be prescribed by a doctor after conducting various tests. People suffering from this disease, it is recommended to abandon the consumption of salty and spicy products. Also, you need to try as much as possible to salt the food during cooking.
In some cases, physiotherapy and diet can be supplemented with a course of vitamins. Also recommend the appointment of chondroprotectors. Comprehensive treatment allows you to quickly get rid of excess of calcium salts in the cartilage and to avoid the development of degenerative diseases.