Whoever uses the expression, ‘pain in the neck,’ must have surely experienced how annoying and troublesome the problem could be; may be, this is why they’ve assigned ‘pain in the neck’ to people, or tasks, that amplify that ‘neckful’ of trouble.
Cervical spondylitis [also called cervical spondylosis] is derived from two Greek words that mean neck [cervical] and vertebra [spondylo].
Most people above age 40 demonstrate changes in their cervical spine on X-ray, though only a few experience symptoms. However, by the age of 55-60 years, they may experience a marginal level of discomfort, due to cervical spondylitis.
The condition affects men and women equally, though it presents itself a tad earlier in the former. It usually runs a slow and progressive course, although long-standing degeneration [wearing away] of the vertebrae and the intervertebral discs may be caused by repeated trauma, poor posture, certain occupations, heredity, smoking etc., However, any which way you look at it — the result, in certain cases, is cervical spondylitis.
Neck pain and stiffness are one of the earliest presentations of cervical spondylitis. The pain may radiate [travel] from the neck to shoulders, arms, forearms, hands, the lower part of the head and upper back.
A history of your complaints and physical examination and other clinical findings provide most of the details necessary to diagnose cervical spondylitis. However, some investigative forays may be required to confirm the diagnosis as well as assess the extent of damage that has already occurred — e.g., X-ray of the cervical spine [neck], CT scan, MRI, EMG— electromyogram — and, myelogram [X-ray, or CT scan, after the dye is injected into the spinal column].
HOMEOPATHY: THE SAFE, EFFECTIVE OPTION FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLITIS
Clinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy of homeopathy in the treatment of persistent musculoskeletal pain [such as that occurs in cervical spondylitis]. Homeopathic remedies and treatment offer good pain control and also enhance the quality of life [QoL] of such individuals, or patients. In addition, homeopathic treatment can also help slow down the progression of the cervical disorder.
Other niggling symptoms, such as tingling, numbness and weakness also improve, by and large, in most cases. The range of mobility of the neck can get better too, provided the disorder has not progressed too far. In advanced cases, where the disorder has caused significant damage, it may only be possible to palliate the symptoms with homeopathic treatment.
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