Cervical spondylitis is an age-related wear and tear of the intervertebral discs of the neck. The disks get shrunk and dehydrated alongwith bony projections along the edges of bones. It is a very common age-related problem and worsens with increasing age. Pain in neck, stiffness and difficulty in movement are the common symptoms of cervical spondylitis. It occurs because of the osteoarthritic changes in the cervical vertebrae.
In the early stages, there are no signs and symptoms but as time passes, the symptoms manifest. Physiotherapy, ice and rest are very beneficial in it. However, there are several medications which help in its treatment. Surgery is recommended at the last stage.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF CERVICAL SPONDYLITIS?
With increasing age, the vertebrae and intervertebral discs of spinal cord start degenerating and this leads to cervical spondylosis. Following are the several causes of cervical spondylitis:
- Dehydration and shrinking of intervertebral discs
- Cracks in spinal discs leading to herniation of discs
- Stiffness in ligaments
- Presence of bony projections called bony spurs
- Thinning of spinal discs
- Osteoarthritis of the cervical vertebrae
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS OF CERVICAL SPONDYLITIS?
Following are the factors which increase the risk of a person developing cervical spondylitis:
- Increasing age
- Injury of the neck
- Having a family history of cervical spondylitis
- Certain occupations
- Cigarette smoking
- Heavy lifting of objects
- Exposure to excessive vibrations like truck drivers or bus drivers
- Alcohol consumption
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CERVICAL SPONDYLITIS?
The common signs and symptoms of cervical spondylitis are:
- Pain in neck
- Stiffness in neck
- Muscle spasm
- Neck soreness
- Clicking sound in neck
- Tingling sensation in arms and hands
- Less range of motion
HOW THE DIAGNOSIS OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS CAN BE DONE?
The doctor will do a physical examination of the patient. He will look for swelling and stiffness in neck. He will check the range of movement of neck. He will ask about the signs and symptoms of the disease to the patient. He will take the family history of patient to evaluate about the genetic condition of the disease. The doctor will also recommend some of the following tests to the patient:
- X-ray of neck
- CT scan
- Nerve function test (Electromyogram)
WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC VIEWPOINT OF CERVICAL SPONDYLITIS?
Cervical spondylitis is known as Greeva graham in Ayurveda. Greeva means neck and graham means stiffness. A condition in which there occurs stiffness in neck is known as greeva graham. It is caused due to vitiation of vata dosha which leads to dryness and shrinking of the spinal discs. This causes decrease in kapha dosha which is responsible for cushioning in between bone joints. With healthy eating and healthy lifestyle, the symptoms of cervical spondylitis can be managed. There are various ayurvedic herbs which are used for the treatment of cervical spondylitis. Panchkarma and yoga are also found to be very effective in this.
Some of the ayurvedic herbs good for cervical spondylitis are:
Panchkarma helps in removal of toxins from the body and helps in rejuvenating the body. Following are some of the panchkarma procedures recommended for cervical spondylitis:
- Greeva vasti
- Mridu virechana
CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE’S MEDICATIONS FOR THE TREATMENT OF CERVICAL SPONDYLITIS
Here are some of the medicines of Chandigarh Ayurved centre which are used for the treatment of cervical spondylitis:
1. Nerve up tablet
These tablets are pure ayurvedic formulation. Nerve up tablets help in balancing the vata doshas and kapha dosha. It acts as nervine stimulant. It shows effective results in improving the central nervous system. It contains natural ingredients like shudha kuchala, shudha shilajeet, praval pishti etc. This tablet helps in Backache, knee pain, headache, bronchitis, depression.
Recommended Dosage– Take 1 tablet twice daily.
2. Back Care Tablet
CAC Back Care tablet is an herbal and purely Ayurvedic formulation. This tablet helps by strengthening your back muscles in relieving back painwhether it be by sciatica, arthritis, kidney infections, infection of the spine and cancer of spinal cord. It helps to pacify Vata dosha and also helps in maintaining proper blood circulation. This is often used for mild to moderate pain all over the body and relaxes your muscles. It contains herbs that act as natural pain relievers.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily.
3. Pain-O-Kill Oil
This herbal oil provides good results in body pain, swelling, stiffness, & inflammation. Massage with this oil relieves pain, stiffness, & swelling. Pain-O-Kill oil is prepared from herbal ingredients like Jyotishmati, Kustha, Devdaru, Vatsnabh, Rasna, etc. These all ingredients show anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, & analgesic properties. The antioxidant nature removes all toxins out from the body. Anti-inflammatory & analgesic properties reduce inflammation & pain in the body.
Method of Application: Take few drops of oil in your hands after that gently massage over the affected area of your body pain.
4. Pain–O-Kill Syrup
It is an herbal remedy that helps to get relief from the severe pain which is associated with cervical spondylitis. It includes ingredients like- Hadjod stem, Ashwagandha root, Shalaki gum, Suranjan sweet gum, Punarnava root, Methi seeds, Nirgundi leaves, Garlic bulb, etc. This syrup helps in reducing the stiffness & rejuvenates the body tissues. It helps to improve muscle tone. This syrup has a good result in reducing the inflammation.
Recommended Dosage – Take 2 teaspoonfuls twice a day before meal with normal water.
5. Panchsakar Churna
Panchsakar Churna is an Ayurvedic formulation that consists of five ingredients named as – Saindhav Lavana, Swarnapatri, Shatapushpa, Shunti, and Balaharitaki. It is naturally detoxifying, thus it removes the toxins from the body. This churna is mainly beneficial in cases of disc prolapsed, cervical pain, lower back pain, ligament sprain, neck stiffness, sprain in muscle, tendons. Panchsakar churna helps to relax the muscles around the neck and also reduces the inflammation.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 teaspoonful once a day with Luke warm water at bedtime.
6. Detox Premium Powder
These herbal sachets are prepared from ingredients such as Sutshekhar ras, Parwal pishti, Shukta pishti, Giloy, Kamdudha ras, Shwet parpati that gives calming effect on the stomach. These sachets have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antacid like properties. It mainly affects in lowering the pitta dosha of the body and maintains proper digestion of the body.
Recommended Dosage:Take one sachet twice daily with normal water.