Did you know that two-thirds of the population experience neck and shoulder pain at least once in their lifetime? Cervical spondylosis is a widespread ailment that disrupts the lives of millions of people worldwide.
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WHAT IS CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS?
Cervical spondylosis is a condition where there is injury and degeneration of the ligaments and cartilage in the neck region. The cartilage undergoes wear and tear, resulting in bone spurs near the joint. In advanced stages, cervical spondylosis causes the spinal cord and surrounding nerves in the neck to be compressed by bone spurs and herniated discs, leading to chronic neck-shoulder-back pain and many dangerous complications.
Cervical spondylosis can occur in any part of the cervical spine, but it is most common in the C5-C6-C7 vertebrae. These vertebrae endure much external pressure, making them more susceptible to damage and degeneration.
CAUSES OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS
– Aging: The natural aging process accelerates after 40-50 years, leading to cervical spondylosis.
– Poor diet: Deficiency in nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and vitamins can speed up spinal degeneration.
– Incorrect posture: Excessive bending or tilting of the neck, carrying heavy loads on shoulders or neck while working, sleeping with high pillows, and neck hunching at work can accelerate the aging of the spine.
– History of injury: Spinal injuries from sports, work-related, or traffic accidents.
– Disc dehydration: After age 30, the intervertebral discs lose water, causing vertebrae to rub against each other and making neck rotation difficult.
DANGEROUS COMPLICATIONS OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS
– Vestibular disorders: Cervical spondylosis can compress the nerves and blood vessels, leading to brain ischemia and vestibular disorders. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and a tendency to fall.
– Cervical spine deformation: Long-term spondylosis can impact the natural physiological curvature, causing the spine to curve and deform.
– Atrophy of arm muscles: Patients may experience numbness, and weakness in the shoulder joints, extending down to the arms and hands, gradually leading to muscle atrophy.
– Urinary disorders, paralysis: Severe spondylosis can compress the spinal cord, leading to complications like urinary disorders, hemiplegia, or complete paralysis.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS
– Chronic pain: Mainly in the neck, shoulder, and back areas, sometimes radiating to the head or down the arms, numbness in hands.
– Numbness, loss of sensation in hands: When nerves are severely compressed, patients may lose hand sensation, making it difficult to grip objects.
– Stiff neck in the morning: Patients may experience stiffness in the neck, severe neck muscle contractions, and pain when moving the neck.
– Grinding noise during movement: As fluid around the joints dries up, the bone and cartilage rub against each other, causing noise during movement.
– Headaches, dizziness: Cervical spondylosis can compress surrounding blood vessels, causing brain ischemia and vestibular disorders in many people.
US STANDARD TREATMENT PROTOCOL FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS
According to Dr. Gabriel Lucas (a Chiropractic specialist at USAC): “The deep-rooted cause of chronic neck and shoulder pain often originates from misalignment of the cervical vertebrae, which compresses the surrounding nerves. Therefore, taking painkillers provides temporary relief and does not treat the root cause.”
In the United States and Europe, chiropractic is a preferred method for treating cervical spondylosis. Its advantages are NO DRUGS – NO SURGERY – NO COMPLICATIONS, making the chiropractic protocol safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women.
– Chiropractic adjustment:
It provides a comprehensive effect on the spine, neck, knees, and hips, re-aligning misaligned vertebrae, releasing compression and pressure on the nerves, improving blood circulation, and restoring degenerated vertebrae from the root.
– Physical therapy:
It helps eliminate muscle tension and stiffness, effectively resolving symptoms of back, neck, and shoulder pain, headaches, and numbness in arms and legs, and restoring mobility.
– Advanced treatments:
It helps immediately reduce inflammation, boost recovery speed three times faster, and prevent degeneration progression.
– Therapeutic exercises:
These accelerate the recovery speed of functions, comprehensively improving the musculoskeletal system and preventing disease recurrence.
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