Treatment of cervicalgia in Cherkassy and Kropivnitskiy
The diagnosis of “cervicalgia” is made to patients experiencing painful tension of cervical muscles, limitation of mobility in the neck. The causes of cervicalgia are different: from serious degenerative processes occurring in the spine to the ordinary swelling of soft tissues caused by a long forced posture. But in the case of intense pain, their recurrent nature for no apparent reason, it is necessary to make an appointment with a neurologist.
Specialists distinguish two forms of pathology:
- vertebrogenic cervicalgia when painfulness develops in response to degenerative processes occurring in the cervical spine;
- non-vertebrogenic cervicalgia caused by inflammation or soft tissue injury. Also, this category includes cervicalgia provoked by abscesses, tumors, vascular bundles, etc.
Accurate diagnosis of the causes of the disease is the task of the neurologist.
Causes and symptoms
Vertebrogenic causes resulting in pathology include the following:
- spine bone curvature;
- spine traumas;
- increased loads on the musculoskeletal system.
But also cervicalgia develops against the background of regular psycho-emotional overloads, increased physical activity or, conversely, hypodynamia, impaired metabolism. Neck pain can cause some muscle tension infections (such as meningitis).
The high-risk group includes persons with overweight who abuse unhealthy (fatty, spicy, smoked) food. A long stay in the forced posture also leads to cervical disease, and the patient is confronted with its main symptom – neck pain.
Morbidity is different in nature, depending on the cause of tissue damage. The pain can be nagging (with muscle spasm) or acute, colicky (if the pathology is caused by the pinched nerve).
Neuropathologists also recommend paying attention to the following signs:
- clicking while moving the head;
- frequent dizziness and migraine attacks;
- coordination dysfunction;
- facial and cervical numbness;
- arm weakness.
In this case, it is necessary to visit a specialist as soon as possible and undergo an examination.
The first task a neurologist deals with is determining the cause of cervical disease. For this purpose, a thorough diagnosis is made beginning with the interviewing and examination of the patient. The basic reflexes are checked, the pain zones of and its character are indicated.
The patient is then referred for blood tests, additional examinations are often prescribed, such as ultrasonography of the cervical vessels. Informative techniques for cervicalgia are CT, MRI, radiography. According to the examination results, an accurate clinical picture is revealed and the treatment plan is developed.
In case of acute pain, neurologist prescribes painkillers. They should be taken according to the doctor's recommendations – at certain hours, without waiting for exacerbations. Also, general tonic, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and nootropics can be prescribed. A paravertebral block is performed and physical procedures are prescribed.
The doctor develops individual recommendations to adjust the patient's lifestyle and prevent the recurrence of cervical disease. For example, a neurologist may recommend to reduce the load on the cervix and to strengthen the muscles: to do gymnastics or exercise, to run off excess fat, to balance nutrition. Neurologist at the medical center “DoctorPRO” in Cherkassy and Kropivnitskiy will provide you with effective treatment for cervicalgia.