Osteochondrosis is a sad result of a sedentary lifestyle
Technical progress made life easier for a modern person. Where previously there were factories and factories, now, for the most part, there are shopping malls, cinemas and beauty salons. The process of production of goods is almost completely mechanized and computerized. And the production sphere itself is gradually replaced by the sphere of services. A person, meanwhile, is sitting in the office for hours, trying to come up with another way to sell effectively, a marketing move or another way of getting money from someone else's purse. And then he sits down in his car and with comfort, in a comfortable driver's seat goes home. Of course, we drew the perfect picture, not mentioning traffic jams, stuffy offices, public vehicles, which is used by a large part of the population, etc. But who does not want to live comfortably?
However, how much benefit from such comfort? Our age has already been declared a century of hypodynamia, which entails a number of unpleasant consequences. Cardiovascular diseases, obesity, hypertension, sciatica and other ailments are included with a personal car, a soft office chair and a private office. But the most common disease, which we pay for a sedentary lifestyle, is osteochondrosis. This article will be devoted to him.
What is osteochondrosis? Consider the mechanism of development and types of disease When we hear about osteochondrosis, first of all we think about back pain and muscle pain. However, the disease itself does not directly affect the muscular apparatus. Pathological changes arise in the cartilages that are present in all joints of our body.
Cartilage provides protective and cushioning functions. In addition, it highlights a special secret that lubricates articular surfaces, reducing friction in the movement of bones. But in some cases the cartilaginous tissue wears out (degenerates). In addition, metabolic disorders, a lack of certain vitamins and trace elements, as well as with hereditary metabolic failures, disrupt the nutrition of cartilage tissue, and it loses its strength and elasticity. This condition is called dystrophy.
So, osteochondrosis is a degenerative-dystrophic change of the cartilaginous tissue. Theoretically, pathological changes can affect any joint. But in practice, osteochondrosis most often affects our spine. And depending on which part of the spine the process is localized, distinguish lumbar, thoracic and cervical osteochondrosis.
Let's imagine our spine. It consists of separate bone formations - vertebrae. Each vertebra has a body and several appendages. Between the body and the processes there is an opening through which the spinal cord passes. The vertebrae are arranged in such a way that the apertures form a hollow tube - the spinal canal. The vertebral bodies are located one above the other, and between them are interlayer cartilage - intervertebral cartilaginous discs. They perform the function of shock absorbers, softening impacts and reducing the burden on the spinal column when walking or other movements of a person. Vertebrae have the same structure, and differ in size. The exception is a few fused vertebrae of the sacrococcygeal and seven elements of the cervical spine, which differ in structure.
The spinal column is represented by four divisions:
cervical (from the 1st to the 7th vertebrae),
thoracic (from 8th to 12th),
lumbar (from the 13th to the 18th)
sacrum and coccyx (this section consists of immobile bones, and therefore is not involved in the pathological process).
Accordingly, the osteochondrosis of the spine is divided into three main types, which we have outlined above.
Types of osteochondrosis
> The most common osteochondrosis of the cervical region, since the cervical vertebrae have different structures, and the muscular apparatus supporting the spine is rather weakly developed in this part. Over time, in the cervical or in any other part of the spine, the disk of the hyaline cartilage begins to flatten, losing its elasticity, and the vertebrae approach each other. The result of this may be a pinched nerve fiber or blood vessels. As a consequence, the innervation and blood supply of the relevant organs is violated, which leads to violations in their work, a decrease in motor activity, the onset of pain syndrome. In addition, with the displacement of the vertebrae, its processes can irritate muscle tissue in the area, leading to muscle spasm. And in fact, against the background of the disease, the muscular apparatus already has to perform double work, compensating for the decrease in the damping function of the spine and the change in the position of the vertebral bodies.
Along with the cervical, the lumbosacral osteochondrosis, which develops against the background of regular high loads on the back, lifting weights, etc., is also quite common.
Thoracic osteochondrosis develops somewhat less frequently than the first two types of the disease. In addition, his diagnosis is complicated by the fact that the disease has a number of nonspecific symptoms, similar to the symptoms of angina pectoris. It should be specially noted that the bodies of vertebrae, cartilage, nerve fibers, brain and spinal cord themselves are not provided with pain receptors, which means that the pain in osteochondrosis is indirect. Osteochondrosis is also considered some varieties of osteochondropathies, which have a somewhat different etiology. We will mention them in our article.
Causes of the disease
Since the main reason for the development of osteochondrosis - hypodynamia - we began our story. As they say, movement is life! How can the lack of sufficient motor activity affect the condition of our joints and spine? The thing is that our back has a natural muscular corset that supports the spine and helps it properly perform its functions. However, in the absence of physical exertion, the muscular apparatus weakens, the spine loses support, the main load falls on the intervertebral cartilaginous discs, and they eventually degenerate.
However, excessive physical exertion, for example in professional athletes, can also lead to degeneration and degeneration of the cartilage, and hence to provoke the development of osteochondrosis and other osteochondropathies. Accordingly, in this respect, you must adhere to the golden mean, in order to avoid health problems./P>
The lifestyle of modern man plays an important role in the development of osteochondrosis. In addition to the lack of sufficient motor activity, it can include unbalanced nutrition, lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, use in everyday life and workplace of improper furniture, sleeping on a soft mattress, habitual incorrect postures, driving, conditions Work, etc./P>
In a complex, all this inevitably leads to a disruption of cartilage nutrition, a loss of its quality characteristics (strength, elasticity, and elasticity) and the development of osteochondrosis. Flattening is another fairly common cause of osteochondrosis. It would seem, what relation the deformation of the arch of the foot can have to the pain in the lower back, and even more so in the neck? It turns out that the most direct. A person's foot is arranged in such a way that it is able to correctly distribute the weight of the whole body when walking. In the process of evolution, the bones of the foot formed two arches - longitudinal and transverse. Thanks to such a structure, along with the appearance of physiological curves of the spine, it became possible to erect a person. If the arch of the foot is flattened for one reason or another, then the entire load is transferred to the spine. And this is the pain in the back, and the limitation of the volume of movements, and even migraines.
In recent years, many scientists are inclined to the fact that in many respects the development of osteochondrosis is affected by heredity. The genetic factor determines the type of metabolism and the tendency of a person to develop degenerative changes in the tissues of cartilage. To pay attention to this aspect of scientists forced the fact that recently, osteochondrosis is diagnosed not only in adults, but also in children, although earlier it was believed that this pathology occurs only in the elderly, and it is related to the general aging of the organism. As a rule, children who have had these or those osteochondropathies, had parents suffering from osteochondrosis. However, until today, many doctors are inclined to treat osteochondrosis as one of the manifestations of aging of an organism, along with the appearance of wrinkles, graying of hair, baldness and other phenomena.
Symptoms of osteochondrosis
How to recognize osteochondrosis? Symptoms of osteochondrosis are very diverse. Although most of us know only about the main signs of this disease: muscle pains and difficulties in movement. However, we knowingly enough talked about the mechanism of development of osteochondrosis. After all, the signs of this disease are directly related to those processes that occur during the development of pathology.
So, as we already know, all the symptoms of osteochondrosis are associated with the clotting of blood vessels and nerve fibers with consequent violation of innervation and nutrition of the corresponding muscles, organs and tissues. So, pathological changes will concern not only the muscular apparatus. So, the symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis are frequent headaches, and even dizziness, along with pain in the muscles of the neck and shoulder girdle.
Headache in cervical osteochondrosis has a vascular origin: the blood flow in the brain tissues is disturbed, and the nerve cells experience hypoxia. With the same is associated and dizziness, which sometimes can reach fainting states. Disturbance of blood supply associated with cervical osteochondrosis, in rare cases, can also lead to a decrease in hearing in the patient, impaired coordination of movement (gait unsteadiness), hoarseness of the voice. Snoring can also indicate the development of osteochondrosis.
If the dystrophic changes affect the intervertebral discs of the thoracic spine, then osteochondrosis will manifest as pain in the back of the appropriate localization, attachment of the asthmatic component, heart pain. Sometimes the patient may experience shortness of breath and extracapsity. Often patients confuse the appearance of cardialgia with ischemic heart disease (angina pectoris). But this type of heart pain still has a number of distinctive features. Subjectively, they can be perceived as a "stake" in the chest. Taking nitrates and other antianginal drugs does not stop the pain. When angina pectoris, a person becomes anxious and even fears death. Chest osteochondrosis does not have such symptoms. Sometimes cardialgia caused by osteochondrosis of the spine can last several days, but it does not endanger human life. Ischemic pain in the heart is short-lived, but ignoring them can lead to the development of myocardial infarction, and untimely medical care in case of an attack of angina can lead to death.
Osteochondrosis of the lumbosacral spine is characterized by pain in the lower back. Pain can irradiate into the lower limbs. The patient may also have difficulty walking, which is associated with a decrease in the tonus of muscles innervated by this segment of the spinal cord. Pain has a shooting character. Sometimes it is difficult for the patient to unbend his back, get out of bed or change his position. Reflexes of the lower extremities in the osteochondrosis of the lumbosacral section are reduced.
We have already mentioned in this article such a problem as children's osteochondrosis. Symptoms and treatment of this pathology are somewhat different from those in adults. This is primarily due to the fact that the concept of pediatric osteochondrosis implies several different osteochondropathies. The most common are:
- Keller's disease,
- Osgood-Schlatter disease,
- Sheyerman-May disease,
- Legg-Calvet-Peters disease.
Keller's disease occurs in children aged 8 to 12 years, but can also develop in adulthood, which happens much less often. With this pathology, the spongy substance of the foot bones is affected. Two main types of this disease are distinguished. With Keller's disease of the first type, the scaphoid bone is affected. If the disease proceeds according to the second type, pathological changes affect metatarsal bones. In the development of Keller's disease, a major role is played by the gender factor. Boys are more susceptible to the first type of disease, and girls to the second. Pathology can be congenital, but it can also develop against the background of wearing a child at an early age uncomfortable and incorrect shoes, strong physical exertion, previous trauma to the foot. In adults, Keller's disease occurs against the background of the existing flat feet.
Osgood-Schlatter disease affects the tibia in the area under the patella and develops in the age group 11 to 14 years. Predisposing factors are sports (football, basketball, running, jumping, etc.). Also, the onset of the disease can be associated with a discrepancy between the growth rate of the bones in a teenager and the development of cartilaginous tissue. Due to the high stress on the knee joint and ligament apparatus, the cartilage tissue located in the bone growth zone is damaged. This leads to the onset of pain syndrome. Over time, just below the knee, a lump may appear, due to the compensatory growth of the tibia bone tissue.
Scheiermann-May disease, or, more simply, the curvature of the spine, is one of the varieties of breast osteochondrosis. This pathology develops, as a rule, in children and adolescents aged 8 to 14, but for a long time neither a child nor parents can notice any serious abnormalities. A visible symptom is a violation of the child's posture. In the future, the disease can progress and have more pronounced manifestations in adulthood. So in people 15 - 25 years, there may be a pronounced curvature of the spine (kyphosis) and pain of the corresponding localization. At this stage, it is possible to cure the disease by surgical intervention. In a later period, the disease can have quite severe consequences, such as spondylosis and intervertebral hernia . This is due to the increasing burden on the spine and the violation of the supporting function of the muscular corset. The compressive action of the vertebrae deforms the intervertebral discs and possibly their protrusion into the spinal canal.
Legg-Calvet-Pattern disease is a pathology that affects the femur, or rather its head, in the area of which the cartilaginous tissue is located. Most often, the disease affects children 4 to 14 years of age and manifests themselves as lameness. In this pathology, necrotic changes occur in the tissues of the femoral head, which are non-infectious (aseptic) in nature. Most often, the cause of the disease is a hereditary predisposition. At the first stages the baby begins to limp. Later, the baby has pain in the area of the hip and knee, especially when moving.
Ocetochondrosis in children and pregnant women
Treatment of osteochondrotic manifestations in children is complicated by the fact that most pharmacological agents that are successfully used in adult practice can not be used in pediatrics. Therefore, the main methods of treating children's osteochondrosis are exercise therapy, gymnastics, massage, physiotherapy.
Prevention of osteochondrosis in childhood is a moderate exercise, wearing comfortable shoes, correcting and maintaining proper posture, for which there is a special set of exercises. Osteochondrosis and pregnancy Undoubtedly, if a woman suffers from osteochondrosis, then when planning a pregnancy, she must deal with the treatment in advance. Although finally cure such ailment is impossible, since it is impossible to completely restore the cartilage.
Do not forget that pregnancy itself can provoke osteochondrosis, because as the fetus grows, the load on the spine is greatly increased, the vertebrae are displaced and can cause damage to the intervertebral discs. Being in an interesting position, a woman needs to be very careful about her health, which means that you should take care of unloading your back beforehand. To help the future mother will come orthopedic corsets and bandages. To date, the range of such products is huge, and in each specific case it is possible to choose the appropriate option. The solution to the problem can be a bandage with reinforced back support. The wide back of such a product is equipped with sewn hard ribs that support the lumbar spine, preventing the displacement of the vertebrae. If a woman is diagnosed with chest osteochondrosis, the symptoms of which are usually manifested even before pregnancy, then special combined corsets will come to the rescue, providing not only support of the abdomen and lower back, but also having rigid ribs along the entire back.
Manual therapy is also practiced in some cases of osteochondrosis during pregnancy. However, doctors do not have a common opinion on this matter. Some believe that such treatment can provoke miscarriage or premature birth, while others see a significantly greater risk in the absence of treatment of osteochondrosis. After all, severe pain, especially in the lumbar region, can cause quite intense muscle contraction in the pelvic area, including the contraction of the myometrium. And this is at least a guarantee of development of hypertension of the uterus.
Be that as it may, the treatment of osteochondrosis during pregnancy should be agreed with the treating doctor-gynecologist.
Often we do not attach much importance to back pain, and we try to get rid of them by our means. A person goes to the doctor only when this pain prevents him from walking freely, or completely deprives him of the opportunity to move. Such negligent attitude to their health can have very deplorable consequences. After all, progressive osteochondrosis threatens the development of the intervertebral hernia, curvature of the spine and radiculitis. In some cases, only the surgeon can help the patient.
Finally, there is no way to cure osteochondrosis, as, unfortunately, the cartilage subjected to degenerative changes can not fully recover. Nevertheless, there is always an opportunity to stop the development of the disease and prevent the occurrence of its more serious consequences. That is why timely treatment in a medical institution and proper diagnosis are the main factors for the successful treatment of a disease.
Diagnosis of osteochondrosis can be performed in several ways. At the first stage the doctor collects a detailed anamnesis of the disease, analyzes complaints of the patient, performs an external examination. But such a survey for an accurate diagnosis is not enough. Most likely, you will be referred for x-ray examination, computed tomography or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). As we said earlier, the disease can hide under the symptoms of cardiovascular diseases, such as arrhythmia or angina pectoris. Thus, the osteochondrosis of the thoracic spine often hides under the guise of coronary heart disease.
Therefore, if you are worried about cardialgia, shortness of breath, arrhythmia, the doctor can refer you to an additional examination to the cardiologist in order to specify the diagnosis and not to miss the serious pathologies from the CCC. You may need to do an ECG. The matter is that in the case of cardialgia caused by osteochondrosis, there will be no changes on the cardiogram. A cervical osteochondrosis, whose symptoms and treatment will have its own peculiarities, it is important to differentiate with cerebral ischemia and vestibular disorders.
Treatment of osteochondrosis
To effectively combat osteochondrosis, modern medicine has a fairly large arsenal of different methods and means. Briefly describe some of them. In the first place, undoubtedly, there are medicinal methods of treatment of the disease. To alleviate the symptoms of osteochondrosis, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, chondroprotectors, glucocorticosteroids (SCS), vasodilators, local irritating drugs, etc., are used.
Medication for osteochondrosis can not be imagined without the use of non-steroidal analgesics. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs perfectly relieve pain and inflammation symptoms in the affected area, blocking the synthesis of the main mediators of inflammation - prostaglandins, bradykinin and histamine. They are the culprits of the occurrence of pain in inflamed tissue. And it would be possible to do only with drugs of this pharmacological group, and theoretically they could completely cure this ailment, if not for one BUT. These drugs have an extremely negative effect on the mucous membrane of the stomach, causing its ulceration, especially with prolonged use. That is why the use of NSAIDs in any dosage form, whether as tablets, ointments or injections, is limited to only a two-week course. Among NSAIDs, diclofenac, ibuprofen, piroxicam, ketoprofen and the new generation of drugs - nimesulide and meloxicam - can be isolated.
The most modern approach to the treatment of back pain is the use of transdermal therapeutic systems (TTS). Simply put, these are painkillers. When glued to a specific area of the skin, they excrete the drug in a certain concentration. It penetrates deep layers of the skin, and then absorbed into the systemic bloodstream. Thus, TTS provides the patient with a long analgesic effect. Glucocorticosteroids (GCS) are used in the complex treatment of osteochondrosis to relieve inflammation, swelling and pain. Drugs of this group are most often injected. One of the most effective drugs is "Diprospan" in a solution for injections. Injections of SCS with osteochondrosis are, as a rule, intramuscular. However, in some cases, intraarticular administration of the drug may be necessary.
To relax the back muscles and eliminate the pain associated with muscle spasm, muscle relaxant drugs are used. An example can serve as a medicine "Midokalm". It can be used for a long time by the patient without the risk of complications. The drug is given in tablets or in the form of intramuscular injections. It goes well with NSAIDs. However, any modern muscle relaxants, in spite of their good tolerability, should only be used according to the doctor's prescription.
Irritants have a distracting, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect due to their ability to irritate skin receptors and increase blood flow to the site on which they are applied. As a result of increased blood flow, normal nutrition of tissues in this area, and as a consequence, eliminates signs of inflammation. Additional relief brings the distracting or cooling effect of these drugs. Among the group of irritants can be identified ointments "Apizarthron", "Capsicum", "Finalgon", "Deep Relief", as well as balm Dikul for massage and other warming ointments.
The well-known pepper patch also belongs to the group of irritants. Osteochondrosis of the cervical region, the symptoms of which can be manifested by disorders of the cerebral circulation, can be treated with the use of vasodilators and drugs, for normalization of cerebral circulation. These include Cavinton, Stugeron, Tanakan, Bilobil and others. The use of these drugs quite effectively helps to fight headaches with cervical osteochondrosis. With their help, you can also treat the dizziness caused by this disease of the spine.
All of the above mentioned drugs have mainly a symptomatic effect and relieve inflammation and pain when the disease worsens. However, the main cause of osteochondrosis is degeneration of the cartilage - it does not disappear anywhere. In order to somehow restore the cartilaginous tissue and prevent further changes in its structure, chondroprotective agents are used. Drugs in this group contain chondroitin and glucosamine, the main components of cartilage. They nourish the tissue, contribute to its partial restoration, and eventually relieve the pain syndrome that accompanies osteochondrosis. But do not put too high hopes for the use of chondroprotectors. Producers of drugs promise a complete restoration of cartilage, but the principle of action of these drugs is already laid down in their name. Protection means protection. Protection of cartilage from further destruction and deformation.
Chondroprotectors have a beneficial effect on the joints and spine, increasing the effectiveness of treatment of osteochondrosis with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and SCS. In addition to all other drugs, vitamin B regimens are also included in the treatment regimens for osteochondrosis. They take a direct part in the transmission of the nerve impulse. The use of these drugs contributes to the alleviation of neuromuscular contact. The medicines of this group include "Neuromultivit", injections "Milgamma" and some other means.
Treatment of osteochondrosis is not limited to the use of only medicamental methods. Various orthopedic drugs are widely used. They help to remove excess load from the back and spine, and to some extent take on the function of the muscular corset. So, for example, the treatment of cervical osteochondrosis is successfully carried out using the Shantz bus. It is a special collar for the neck, made of a soft enough, but at the same time resilient material, capable of supporting the cervical spine in a physiological position. The spine at the same time is somewhat stretched, the vertebrae diverge, normal innervation and blood supply of the brain and neck muscles are restored, the headache and other manifestations of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine are removed.
In osteochondrosis of the lumbosacral section, orthopedic belts of varying degrees of rigidity are used. However, the use of such belts should be coordinated with a neurologist or orthopedic physician. A person's prolonged stay in such a zone is unacceptable, since with time the muscles of the back can finally become atrophied. The maximum wearing time of the belt-corset is 4-6 hours per day. The belt is worn with severe pain in the back, when performing any physical work with a load on the lower back, with a long stay in the sitting position (driving a car, working in the office, etc.). In the rest of the time, the person should, in contrast, strengthen the back muscles, so that they can independently cope with the function of the natural corset and supporting the spine.
And here we came very close to the question of what role therapeutic exercise plays in the treatment of osteochondrosis. At once we will notice that, in spite of the fact that physical activity is very important both in prophylaxis and in the treatment of osteochondrosis, nevertheless not all sports and not all physical exercises are suitable for people suffering from this ailment. The physical load should be moderate. Running, jumping, lifting weights are excluded. Among sports disciplines special attention can be paid only to swimming, as it allows to strengthen the muscles of the back. LFK for osteochondrosis is appointed by a neurologist based on individual characteristics of the course of the disease and its localization.
Some exercises can be done even in the workplace. For example, neck exercises you can do while sitting. These include:
- slow turns of the head to the sides with the chin pressed to the chest,
- shrugs (you should feel the muscles work),
- the maximum tilting of the head back and the retraction of the shoulders,
- and some others.
It is important when doing exercise exercises do not make sudden movements and watch your feelings. When severe pain occurs, stop and change the exercise. Therapeutic exercises with cervical osteochondrosis, which is carried out regularly from day to day, will help you to avoid the sudden occurrence of pain. Treatment of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine with the help of simple physical exercises has proven effectiveness and should be taken by you into service. However, therapeutic gymnastics is also successfully used for the treatment of thoracic and lumbosacral osteochondrosis.
Special complexes for pain relief in the back, as well as gymnastics for cervical osteochondrosis include a large number of various exercises. You can be acquainted with them by your doctor, or you can find their detailed description on the relevant Internet sites. Therefore, we will not dwell on this issue in the context of this article.
What else can you do yourself, if the pain has taken you by surprise? To relieve muscle spasm, facilitate movement and even eliminate headaches, massage helps perfectly. For example, at your workplace you can conduct a self-massage of the neck, which will allow you to relax the muscles, relieve the cervical spine and restore the blood supply to the brain. Among other methods of treatment of osteochondrosis can be distinguished various manual practices, acupuncture, reflexology, therapeutic massage, physiotherapy, magnetotherapy, etc.
Thus, acupuncture for osteochondrosis, as well as acupuncture massage, are aimed at affecting certain energy points of our body that are responsible for the functional state of certain organs. Reflexology in these organs increases blood flow, which means that inflammation is removed and pain is alleviated. Yoga also allows a person to learn to control and relieve muscle tension, relax and change the perception of pain, without concentrating on it. Together, all these methods will help to stop the development of pathology, greatly alleviate its symptoms and return to the habitual way of life.
Folk methods of treatment
Traditional medicine in the treatment of osteochondrosis Folk methods of treating the disease are very diverse. Unconventional medicine includes a variety of herbal infusions, which are used both topically in the form of compresses, and inside. Here are just a few examples of recipes, the effectiveness of which has been verified by time.
Successfully used as an anesthetic and anti-inflammatory agent infusion of burdock leaves, which is used as a compress. 100 grams of fresh, crushed leaves of the plant are poured into one glass of boiling water and let them brew. After the solution has cooled, it must be filtered and brought to boiling water up to 200 ml.
The swamp saber has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect. Herb of the saber is used for the preparation of infusion, which is consumed either inside or outside, in the form of compresses. Such an available plant as parsley can also be used to treat osteochondrosis. However, as a medicine, not the herb, but the roots of the plant. Dried and shredded raw materials are poured with boiling water in a volume of 400 ml and insist. Within an hour the medicine will be ready for use: the infusion of parsley roots is taken 1 tablespoon 2 times a day.
Honey is a universal folk remedy for treating a variety of diseases. Used honey in the therapy of osteochondrosis. Honey massage of the back can be done after the bath, when the body is steamed and the blood supply is strengthened. Under such conditions, the active substances contained in honey will easily penetrate into the deep layers of the skin and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Treatment of cervical osteochondrosis with folk remedies can also include self-massage with honey.
Another ancient recipe for osteochondrosis is fresh rye or wheat tortillas, which are prepared from flour and water, and then applied to a sore spot. Folk remedies perfectly complement medical methods of treatment of osteochondrosis. However, you can not rely blindly on them. Self-medication can not only not bring the expected results, but also aggravate your condition, increasing the risk of complications.
Diet for osteochondrosis
Proper nutrition and balanced diet are not the last place in the treatment and prevention of osteochondrosis. And there are several reasons for this.
First, starting our article, we said that the degeneration of the cartilage arises against the background of insufficient intake of nutrients, vitamins and trace elements. Irrational nutrition can lead to metabolic disorders, which also entails a change in the trophism of the cartilaginous tissue.
Secondly, the overweight and obesity that arise due to a lack of discipline in nutrition issues, create unnecessary strain on the spine, exposing intervertebral discs to compression and deformation.
Therefore, the diet for osteochondrosis has a nonspecific character and is aimed at normalizing metabolic processes and improving the whole organism. The statements about the existence of any medical diets for the treatment of osteochondrosis are unfounded. Although on the expanses of the network you will find a huge number of various recipes of dishes with a supposedly curative effect. This is a "vitamin" diet, and a rice diet, and strengthened drinking regimen. In most cases, they not only will not bring you the promised recovery, but they can cause complications from other systems and organs. That is why the main principle of nutrition in osteochondrosis is moderation and a healthy approach.
Despite the high level of development of modern science and medicine, scientists to this day can not find the means that would be able to finally cure osteochondrosis. A complete restoration of the affected cartilage, unfortunately, is not yet possible. That is why it is so important to be able to prevent the development of this disease.
Prevention of osteochondrosis is a healthy and active way of life. Try to move more, make walks, at least occasionally refuse to lift and car. Daily exercise and morning exercises, special therapeutic exercises for the back will allow you to strengthen the muscles and provide the necessary support to your spine. Do not deny yourself the pleasure, sign up for a massage course: restorative - if you have not faced the problem of back pain, and therapeutic - if osteochondrosis has already entered your life.
Along with sufficient motor activity, moderation and balance in eating will help you to normalize your weight and then keep it under control. Normal weight is the key to your well-being and the health of your back. A healthy back - this is a strong restoring sleep, and the absence of headaches, and the prevention of other diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Love yourself, pay more attention and take care of your health!