Cervical spondylitis indicates damage to the spine which in turn affects vertebral column. If ignored, this may lead to persistent pain. Cervical spondylitis causes acute pain in the neck region which induces tightness, stiffness and affects mobility.
It is a kind of arthritis which affects cervical vertebrae and is characterized by neck pain at back region which may radiate to shoulders or arms. It may also cause vertigo when moved downwards.
Symptoms varies as per the severity of condition.
WHAT IS CERVICAL SPINE?
Neck is a very fine structure made from bones, muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments.
The cervical spine is delicate - housing the spinal cord which sends messages from brain to control all aspects of body, also it helps in flexible movement of neck in all the directions.
WHAT ACTULLY HAPPENS IN CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS?
Major factor for cervical spondylosis is age factor. As you reach 40 by age, spinal discs may shrink or get dry and this causes reduction in cushioning between bones of neck. Also as age proceeds, one can get osteophytes (bone spurs) or herniated discs. All this may put extra pressure on nerve roots and spinal cord and cause neck pain.
WHAT ARE CAUSES FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS?
- Age factor as mentioned above
- Being overweight
- No physical work out
- History of osteoporosis
- Past history of neck injury
- Past history of spinal damage
- Genetic factors
- Severe arthritis
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS IN CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS?
- Stiffness of neck
- Pain and numbness around neck region
- Numbness may radiate to shoulders, arms and even legs.
- Loss of balance and control over bladder and motion (rare)
HOW TO DIAGNOSE CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS?
Doctor may ask you few questions regarding your symptoms and tests can be done like:-
- X ray to know some abnormalities or bone spurs
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) – helps to locate pinching nerves
- CT (computerized tomography) Scan – to see clear image of neck
- Myelography – a dye is injected to get clearer x-rays or CT scan imaging
- Nerve function tests – Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction study
WHAT AYURVEDA SAYS ABOUT CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS?
Ayurveda underlines prevention of health diseases and promotion of health and wellbeing.
Three physical energies, Vata, Pitta and Kapha decide individual's body nature and accordingly diet and life style is recommended. As everyone is different genetically, recommendations also varies person to person and also it depends upon the each season of the year.
According to Ayurveda, cervical spondylosis is due to vitiation of Vata dosha. Improper dietary and life style habits cause vitiation of Vata and production of Ama or toxic material in body. Vata goes out of control due to over consumption of dry, cool, stale, light and gas forming foods, with long gap of meals and having very less meal. This leads to impaired digestion and obstruction of body channels causing symptoms as mentioned above.
WHAT ARE NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY MUSCLES AND BONES?
Planet Ayurveda has Hakam Churna, Sanjivani Vati and Yograj Guggul etc. to maintain healthy muscles and bones.
1. Hakam Churna
Hakam churna is a food supplement that contains ingredients in it – Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalaunji (Nigella sativa), Methika (Trigonella foenumgraecum), and Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi).
Dose - One tsp. two times daily with plain water after meals.
2. Joint Aid Plus
Joint Aid Plus is a mixture of wonderful herbs such as Nirgundi (Vitex nirgundo), Shalaki (Boswellia curcumin), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Dose - 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
3. Yograj Guggul
Ingredients of Yograj Guggulu are Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Pippali (Piper longum), Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Ela (Eletteria cardamomum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Mustaka (Citrus rotundus), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Ardraka (Zingiber officinale) etc.
Dose - 2 Tablets twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals.
Where to buy Cervical Spondylosis Care Pack?
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WHAT ARE DIETARY GUIDELINES TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY MUSCLES AND BONES?
- Make use of food items which are easily digested.
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.
- Opt for sweet taste.
- Have soaked almonds daily.
- Avoid consumption of food items made from white flour, other junk, fried and packed foods.
- Avid over exertion, physically and mentally as well.
- Have a proper sleep.