Cervical spondylosis is also called cervical Osteoarthritis. The bones in the neck begin to degenerate. Disc degeneration and bone spurs lead to cervical spondylosis. The disc space becomes narrow and gradually compresses the nerve. In advanced cases, spinal cord is affected and may also lead to paralysis of the arm. Symptoms are most severe in the morning and again at the end of the day.
In ayurveda this condition is known as Griva Sandhigata Vata. Pain in the back of neck, shoulder and arms, stiffness of the neck and even paraplegia occur due to this condition. The movement of the spine generally aggravates the pain of the neck. It is often associated with loss of memory and sleeplessness.
Causes of Cervical
1 Aging is the major factor.
2 Previous injury to the neck.
3 Poor posture might result in cervical spondylosis.
4 Having a job that requires heavy lifting or a lot of bending and twisting increases the wear and tear.
5 Being overweight and not exercising increases the chances of cervical spondylosis.
6 Severe osteoarthritis.
8 Excessive intake of sour food.
9 Incorrect posture adapted by habit.
- Neck stiffness and pain.
- Headache that may originate in the neck.
- Pain in the shoulder or arms.
- Inability to fully turn the head or bend the neck, sometimes interfering with driving.
- Grinding noise or sensation when the neck is turned.
- Tingling, numbness, and/or weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet.
- Lack of coordination and difficulty in walking.
- Abnormal reflexes.
- Muscle spasms.
- Loss of control over bladder and bowel.
Tips and Diet
1 Gentle massage over the muscles of the neck and shoulder joints.
2 Sour things are strictly prohibited.
3 Bitter vegetable like KARELA, NEEM FLOWERS are useful.
4 Avoid taking refined wheat which is known as maida (flour) and suji (semolina). To some extent they are constipated.
5 Fried things, pulses and various preparations of pulses are also prohibited.
Guggulu, gum resin extracted from the plant is the best medicine for the treatment of this condition.