Anjum Khanna- What is Cervical Spondylosis?
Anjum Khanna– Cervical spondylosis is a general term for age-related wear and tear affecting the spinal disks in your neck. As the disks dehydrate and shrink, signs of osteoarthritis develop, including bony projections along the edges of bones (bone spurs).
Cervical spondylosis is normal and deteriorates with age. In excess of 85 percent of individuals more established than age 60 are influenced by cervical spondylosis.
The vast majority experience no indications from these issues. At the point when indications do happen, nonsurgical medicines regularly are successful.
For the vast majority, cervical spondylosis causes no manifestations. At the point when indications do happen, they commonly remember agony and firmness for the neck.
At times, cervical spondylosis brings about a narrowing of the space required by the spinal cord and the nerve roots that go through the spine to the remainder of your body. On the off chance that the spinal line or nerve roots become squeezed, you may insight:
- Tingling, numbness and weakness in your arms, hands, legs or feet
- Lack of coordination and difficulty walking
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Look for clinical consideration on the off chance that you notice an unexpected beginning of deadness or shortcoming, or loss of bladder or inside control.
As you age, the bones and cartilage that make up your backbone and neck gradually develop wear and tear. These changes can include:
- Dehydrated disks: Disks act like cushions between the vertebrae of your spine. By the age of 40, most people’s spinal disks begin drying out and shrinking, which allows more bone-on-bone contact between the vertebrae.
- Herniated disks: Age also affects the exterior of your spinal disks. Cracks often appear, leading to bulging (herniated) disks — which sometimes can press on the spinal cord and nerve roots.
- Bone spurs: Disk degeneration often results in the spine producing extra amounts of bone in a misguided effort to strengthen the spine. These bone spurs can sometimes pinch the spinal cord and nerve roots.
- Stiff ligaments: Ligaments are cords of tissue that connect bone to bone. Spinal ligaments can stiffen with age, making your neck less flexible.
Risk factors for cervical spondylosis include:
- Age: Cervical spondylosis is a normal part of aging.
- Occupation. Jobs that involve repetitive neck motions, awkward positioning or a lot of overhead work put extra stress on your neck. For Example, Information Technology (IT) jobs.
- Neck injuries: Previous neck injuries appear to increase the risk of cervical spondylosis.
- Genetic factors: Some individuals in certain families will experience more of these changes over time, while others will not.
- Smoking: Smoking has been linked to increased neck pain.
In the event that your spinal cord or nerve roots become seriously packed or compressed because of cervical spondylosis, the harm can be lasting.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Cervical spondylosis:
All these symptoms are classified in Ayurveda under Vata disease. Different diseases described in Charak Samhita, Susrutha Samhita and Ashtanga Hridaya like Viswachi, Manyasthambha, and Greevagraha, etc have one more symptom similar to Cervical spondylosis.
Some Medicines used for cervical spondylosis are
- Rasnasaptakam Kashayam– It is used in rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain, muscle twitch, pain due to lumbar spondylosis, thigh cramps, muscle stiffness, sciatica, abdominal colic pain etc.
- Ashtavargam Kashayam– Ashtavargam Kashayam (also called Vatahar Kashayam) is an Ayurvedic medicine used for rheumatic diseases. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions reduce joint pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. It is beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, ankylosing spondylitis, and paralytic disorders.
- Prasarinyadi kashayam– It is mainly used in Ayurvedic treatment of joint pain, musculoskeletal problems. It is traditionally used in treating frozen shoulder and cervical spondylosis, headache. Pain and stiffness of lower back associated with lumbar spondylosis.
- Dashamoola Rasnadi kashayam– It is used to treat Amavata (variety of joint disorder), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint pain, Swelling in joints, stiffness in joints etc.
- Dhanadanayanadi kashayam– This Ayurvedic medicine mainly used in treating neurological diseases and other Vata disorders.
- Aswagandha choornam– This herb acts as anti-inflammatory agent in cervical spondylosis. It relieves stress, anxiety and enhances physical and mental performance naturally.
- Balarishtam– Balarishtam (also spelled as Balarishta) is an Ayurvedic medicine categorized under Arishta Category, which is used for all diseases occurring due to Vata aggravation or excess Vata in the body. Vata disorders are mostly related to the nervous system and musculoskeletal system.
- Dhanwanthararishtam– Dhanwanthararishtam is also an excellent nervine tonic that helps to strengthen & improve the nervous system and treats nervous disorders like a spasm, neck pain, neuralgia, paraplegia, facial palsy (facial paralysis), hemiplegia, muscular atrophy, opisthotonos & emprosthotonos.
- Aswagandharishtam– Aswagandharishtam is classical medicine for diseases pertaining to the nervous system and digestive system prepared by a number of plants and plant parts.
- Prasarinyadi thailam– It is mainly used in Ayurvedic treatment of joint pain, musculoskeletal problems.It is traditionally used in treating frozen shoulder and cervical spondylosis,headache.
- Karpasasthyadi thailam– Karpasasthyadi thailam is an ayurvedic oil used in the treatment of paralysis, facial palsy, Cervical spondylosis and other neuromuscular conditions caused due to vata imbalance.
- Prabhanjanam kuzhambu– Prabhanjanam Kuzhambu is an Ayurvedic medicine known to help in the treatment of joint and muscle pain and other neuromuscular disorders. It is made up of Ayurvedic ingredients that may help prevent muscle wasting or muscle atrophy and aid in neuromuscular disorders treatment and management.
Home Remedies for Cervical Spondylosis
- Castor Oil
- Sesame oil
- Cayenne Pepper
- Herbal juices (aloe vera and amla juice)
- Herbs(Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Prishniparni (Uraria picta), Gambhari (Gmelina arborea), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Castor root (Ricinus communis)
Things to avoid:
- Heading to sleep ahead of schedule around evening time is solid and significant. Additionally, attempt to try not to rest during the day.
- Make sure to have the right stance while perusing, composing or chipping away at your PC.
- Maintain a strategic distance from acrid nourishments and Vata irritating food sources like semolina and white flour.
- Abstain from conveying weighty loads that put focus on our head and shoulder locale.
- An excessive amount of cooling may bring about dryness in the body. Attempt to remain longer in normally open conditions.
Anjum Khanna The specialist of Ayurveda” he completed his MD in Ayurveda at Gujarat Ayurved University (Jamnagar) and completed his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery at Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine & Research (IIAMR), Bangalore, Karnataka, India.