The normal wear-and-tear of aging brings degenerative changes in the bones, discs, and joints. Such degenerative changes are responsible for age-related painful conditions like arthritis, spondylitis, and the like. Read on to know what is cervical spondylitis and what are the symptoms of it. The blog also talks about causes and prevention of this painful condition.
What is cervical spondylitis?
Cervical Spondylitis is nothing but an inflammation of the cervical vertebrae (bones placed at the spinal cord). Due to old age or other factors, degenerative changes happen in cervical vertebrae and as a result, patients feel pain and stiffness of the neck. Muscles in the neck feel fatigue because of excessive or faulty use. In later stage, cervical neck pain extends to arms and downwards in the back. Unfortunately, conventional methods to get rid of this pain are not much efficient. Cervical support can give relief to an extent.
This painful condition is also known as Cervical Spondylosis or Cervical Osteoarthritis. It usually occurs in middle-aged and elderly men and women. However, as it is a lifestyle disease, it can happen to people of all ages.
What are the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylitis?
Cervical Spondylitis and back pain are common in people having sedentary lifestyle. Some of the notable signs and symptoms are:
- Pain with stiffness of both back and neck
- Vertigo due to neck pain
- Difficulty in standing for a long time
- Tingling and numbness felt in hands and arms because of the compression of nerves in neck
- Difficulty to walk especially for long distances
- Difficulties in driving and carrying routine activities due to pain in shoulders and arms
- Inability to fully turn the head or bend the neck
All these symptoms are more severe in the morning and at the end of the day.
What are the causes of cervical spondylitis?
Sedentary life leads to cervical spondylitis or backache. Aging is a major cause for developing this condition. Injury to the neck in the past, more stress on the neck, poor posture, etc. also are important causes of cervical spondylitis.
Health Pack for cervical spondylitis
Conventional therapy of cervical neck pain is based on non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief. Herbal supplements included in a health pack especially made for cervical spondylitis are:
- Divya Brihad vat Chintamani Ras 1 gm
- Divya Swarna Maksika Bhasm 10 gm
- Divya Ekangaveer Rasa 10 gm
- Divya Pravala Pisti 10 gm
- Divya Chanderprabha Vati 40 gm
- Divya Trayodashang Guggulu 40 gm
Divya Brihad Vat Chintamani Ras: It is a useful herbal agent for cervical neck ache. It strengthens the muscles in the neck and relieves stiffness to alleviate pain.
Divya Swarna Maksika Bhasm: It is an excellent agent for those having neck pain and backache. It helps reduce the inflammatory conditions in cells and builds better bone strength.
Divya Ekangaveer Rasa: It gives rapid relief from aches and stiffness in the neck. It also gives important nutrients to the neck while relaxing its muscles.
Divya Pravala Pisti: It has anti-inflammatory action. It is useful to get rid of spasms in the neck and back. The natural formula also provides energy to the body tissues.
Divya Chandraprabha Vati: It gives strength to both nerves and muscles of the neck. It is one of the most renowned herbal formulas for cervical neck pain that can be taken for a longer duration to get better results.
Divya Trayodashang Guggulu: It is an age-old herbal agent to reduce the symptoms of cervical spondylitis. It is a herbal supplement that provides nutritious elements to both neck and back muscles. It also increases the blood and oxygen supply body organs for reducing the numbing sensation and tingling.
The health pack is more effective on taking these herbal supplements together as per physician’s advice.
Formula No. 3,4,1,2: Mix these formulae well and divide them into 60 equal parts. Take one part each twice a day i.e. in the morning and in the evening. This is preferably taken with honey or lukewarm water.
Formula No 5, 6: One tablet each from these formulae three times a day i.e. after breakfast, lunch and dinner preferably with lukewarm water.
Home-based herbs for cervical spondylitis
Following are some of the safe and sound, home-based herbal solutions for reliving neck and back pain:
- Take cumin and coriander seeds and grind them to make powder. Mix one teaspoonful honey to this powder to form a paste. Take this paste twice a day to get relief from neck pain.
- Taking a couple of cloves of garlic with water in the morning can offer better relief from pain and inflammatory conditions in the neck muscles. Garlic also reduces swelling because of anti-inflammatory action.
- Sesame oil’s massage can give quick relief from pain through improving blood circulation.
All these herbal agents are free from any side effects, and therefore, they can be used for a long period.
Preventive measures for cervical spondylitis
As cervical spondylitis is a condition occurred due to sedentary lifestyle, moderately active lifestyle and healthy diet can effectively prevent it.
Neck exercises can give relief from pain and stiffness through relaxing neck muscles. Rest in between continuous standing or sitting is also necessary to avoid muscular stiffness in the body.
Take little breaks while sitting in front of the computer, standing in front of the machine, or driving for a long time.
Sleeping in the right posture with a proper pillow below the neck is also necessary to prevent cervical spondylitis. People with cervical spondylitis better refrain from driving and standing for longer duration as such activities can aggravate the pain.