Homeopathy Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis
What is Cervical Spondylosis ?
Cervical spondylosis is a condition that causes deterioration of the vertebrae, discs, and ligaments in the neck or cervical spine. It is also known as arthritis of the neck, cervical osteoarthritis, or degenerative osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis
Feeling of pain and stiffness in nape of neck and shoulders which may extend down the arms to fingers.
Occipital headache (in the back of head), which may even extend to eyes.
Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy such as numbness and weakness in the arms, hands, and fingers.
Nausea and vomiting can also occur.
Dizziness or vertigo can be present.
There may be noises in ears/tinnitus.
On turning your neck there might be popping or grinding sound.
What are the Causes and Risk Factors of Cervical Spondylosis ?
Genetics—a family history of neck pain and spondylosis
Postural imbalance: Disc bulge due to wrong sitting posture
Previous injury or trauma to the neck
Age-related degenerative changes - The condition is extremely common in patients who are middle-aged and older( > 40 yrs mostly)
Wear and tear of the cervical spine
Hernitaed intervertebral disc & spurs (bony growth/a oesteophytes caused by degeneration of bony tissue) on vertebrae which compress the spinal nerve.
Occupation related: Jobs with lots of repetitive neck motion and overhead work, prolonged sitting in front of computer
Depression or anxiety
Diagnosis for Cervical Spondylosis
To get a confirmed diagnosis of cervical spondylosis, further investigations such as :
3. CT Scan need to be conducted.
Preventive Measures for Cervical Spondylosis
If you make certain lifestyle changes you can help to prevent Cervical Spondylosis
Regular exercise (adding NECK exercises to routine)
Correct posture while sitting.
Avoid strenuous work that puts stress/strain on the neck.
Avoid lifting heavy weights.
Neck massage and hot fomentation can help.
Avoid use of thick pillows under the head while sleeping.
What can Homeopathy do ?
Homeopathy aims to stimulate the immune system of your body. It helps to cure the main cause of problem.
Homeopathic medicines helps to stop further progression of the degenerative changes in cervical spine.
The compression of nerves are generally caused by the muscles and ligaments present around the area which cause pain.
Homeopathy helps to decrease the stress of the muscles and ligaments and thus helps to reduce the inflammation of the muscles and also help to dissolve the bone spurs.
The medicines give strength to the neck muscles and power to nerves. Thus pain, headache, vertigo, nausea, numbness in arm and fingers, etc are the symptoms which get better once the root cause of your pain is identified and corrected.
Top 10 Homeopathic Medicines for Cervical Spondylosis
Homeopathic medicines for cervical spondylosis help stop further progression of the degenerative changes in cervical spine.
Medicines for cervical spondylosis treatment in homeopathy are: conium, gelsemium, silicea, calcarea phos, kalmia, ruta, cimicifuga, bryonia, rhus tox, hypericum, paris quadrifolia, etc.
The medicines can vary depending upon the cause, history and symptoms of the patient.
Below are few indicated medicines based on the peculiar symptoms.
1. Ruta Graveolens
If you are suffering from pain in the nape of neck, feeling of stiffness and bruised pains along with weakness then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis with stiffness is RUTA GRAVEOLENS. There is pain and stiffness in wrists and hands. The rheumatic pains gets increased in cold wet weather, after exertion, lying down, etc. Stiffness is so marked that it compells to move the limbs but motion increases the pain.
2. Rhus Toxicodendron
If you have feeling of stiffness in the neck with crawling sensation in the tips of fingers then homeopathic remedy for cervical pain with strain is RHUS TOX. Neck pain is mostly due to over-straining or overuse of neck muscles.
There is always a desire to do stretching, moving or giving massage to the neck which gives relief. Feeling of pain is mostly felt in the left shoulder and inner side of scapula.
Pain gets increased in cold weather, after getting wet, during rest, or lying on back or right side.
You feel better in warm dry weather, after motion, rubbing, stretching limbs and on lying on hard surface.
3. Bryonia Alba
If there is neck pain that worsens with movement then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis which works well is BRYONIA ALBA. There is painful stiffness of neck with numbness between scapulae or pain extending from left scapula to heart. Every spot is painful on pressure. There is swelling of joints. Vertigo with buzzing and roaring in the ears.
Complaints get worse by least motion, heat, exertion, at morning, touch, etc.
Taking rest, lying on painful part, cool open air, relieves the symptoms or pain.
4. Hypericum Perforatum
If your neck pain radiate to the shoulders and spine with sensitivity to touch then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis that works effectively is HYPERICUM PERFORATUM. There is a feeling of tingling, burning, numbness in hands with pressure along ulnar side of arm. Head feels heavy as if touched by icy cold hands. There is pain in toes and fingers especially in tips. Sharp pains shoot upwards along with pathway of nerves.
Pains get increased in cold and dampness, closed room, touch, etc and feels better by bending head backwards. There is vertigo with urging to urinate.
It is indicated for treatment of cervical spondylosis resulting from injury.
5. Kalmia Latifolia
If you suffer from neck pain along with tingling and pricking sensation in hands then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis is KALMIA LATIFOLIA .
Pain in the neck extends down to the shoulder blades or the arm (Deltoid rheumatism, especially right side ).
Rheumatic complaints shifts rapidly.
There are neuralgic and wandering pains associated with stiffness and numbness. Pains increase on becoming cold, motion, bending forward, sunrise to sunset.
Pains get better by continued motion, recumbent posture, cloudy weather, etc.
Tingling and numbness of the left arm (heart pains). There is rheumatism with heart disease.
If you suffer form cervical spondylosis with vertigo episodes then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis with vertigo is GELSEMIUM.
There is dizziness, dullness and drowsiness along with trembling. You have headache with muscular soreness of neck and shoulders and pain around occiput (back of head) with blurring of vision.
The vertigo episodes occur mostly while walking. Even movement of the head may lead to vertigo.There is loss of power of muscular control.
There is pain in neck especially upper sternocleidomastoid muscles (one of the largest and most superficial cervical muscles, helps in rotation of the head to the opposite side and flexion of neck).
Gelsemium is indicated when the pains increase in damp weather, before a thunderstorm, emotion or excitement, when thinking about the complaints.
Pains get better by continued motion, bending forward, profuse urination, open air, etc.
If your cervical pains begins at occiput (back of the head) and spreads over head to settle down over eyes then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis that works well is SILICEA. There is vertigo from looking upwards and closing eyes. You feel headache by exertion, noise, cold air.
You always feel cold and want to cover up warmly. There is roaring and hissing in ears with stiffness in neck.
Pains increases in morning, cold, lying down, from washing, lying on left side, etc.
You feel better by warmth, wrapping up your head, in hot weather, etc.
If you suffer from stiffness in neck that you could scarcely move the head then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis which provides relief is CAUSTICUM.
There is paralytic feeling in the right hand with trembling. You might have paralysis of deltoid muscle and can not raise hand to head. There is numbness and fullness of hands while grasping anything. There is ringing and roaring in ears with deafness. Nausea and vomiting or blindness during headache is felt. Vertigo is felt during sleep, looking upwards and on stooping, etc.
Pains increases in clear fine weather, cold air, while traveling.
You feel better in warmth , heat of bed and in damp wet weather.
If you feel stiffness in nape of neck with sprained feeling in wrist then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis which works well is RHODODENDRON.
Your hands feel warm in cold weather and feet feel cold even in warm room or bed. There is tinnitus with vertigo, when lying in bed and better by moving about. Pains get increased before storm or thunderstorm, wind exposure, cold, etc and gets better by motion, warmth.
10. Paris Quadrifolia
If you feel sensation of weight and weariness (tiredness) in nape of neck and across the shoulders then homeopathic remedy for cervical spondylosis with weakness is PARIS QUADRIFOLIA.
There is violent pain on both sides of neck extending down to fingers. There is numbness of upper limbs with cold fingers.
Occipital headache with feeling of weight is increased by thinking. There is vertigo on reading aloud. Pains increase on touch, thinking and gets better by pressure.
Note : These are the indicated medicines and should be taken after advice of qualified Homeopathic Doctor. A constitutional medicine is prescribed according to case history and individualization of patient which stops further recurrence of Cervical Spondylosis
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