Cervical spondylitis, also known as cervical spondylosis, is a degenerative condition of the cervical spine (neck) that commonly affects older individuals. It is characterized by wear and tear of the spinal disks, causing stiffness, pain, and reduced mobility.
There are several factors that can contribute to the development of cervical spondylitis, including:
- Age: The risk of developing cervical spondylitis increases with age, as the discs in the spine become less flexible and more prone to wear and tear.
- Genetics: Some people may be more prone to develop cervical spondylitis due to genetic factors.
- Poor posture: Maintaining poor posture for extended period of time, such as slouching in a chair or hunching over a computer, can put extra pressure on the cervical spine and contribute to the development of cervical spondylitis.
- Repetitive strain: Jobs or activities that require repetitive motions or heavy lifting can put strain on the neck and contribute to the development of cervical spondylitis.
- Injury: A neck injury, such as whiplash from a car accident or sports injury, can also lead to the development of cervical spondylitis.
- Smoking: Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of developing cervical spondylitis, as it can reduce blood flow to the cervical spine and interfere with the healing process.
- Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can increase the risk of developing cervical spondylitis.
Classification of Cervical Spondylitis (based on underlying cause and symptoms include) :
- Degenerative Cervical Spondylosis: This is the most common type of cervical spondylitis and is caused by age-related wear and tear of the cervical spine. It can lead to the formation of bone spurs, narrowing of the spinal canal, and compression of nerves.
- Cervical Disc Disease: This type of spondylitis is caused by degeneration of the cervical discs that act as cushions between the vertebrae. This can cause pain, stiffness, and nerve compression.
- Cervical Spinal Stenosis: This occurs when the spinal canal narrows, which inturn put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. It can be caused by degenerative changes, congenital abnormalities, or trauma.
- Cervical Foraminal Stenosis: This is a type of spinal stenosis that affects the foramina; the openings in the spinal column where nerves exit the spine. It can cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the arms and hands.
- Cervical Radiculopathy: This is a condition in which a nerve root in the cervical spine is compressed, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms and hands.
- Cervical Myelopathy: This is a more serious condition in which the spinal cord is compressed, leading to neurological symptoms such as weakness, clumsiness, and difficulty walking.
Homeopathy is a complementary and alternative system of medicine that aims to stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanisms using highly diluted remedies made from natural substances. While there is no cure for cervical spondylitis, homeopathic remedies can help manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life of affected individuals.
Some common homeopathic remedies used for Cervical Spondylitis include:
- Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy is commonly used for pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders that worsens with rest and improves with continued movement.
- Bryonia alba: This remedy is indicated for pain in the neck and back that worsens with movement and is relieved by absolute rest.
- Kalmia latifolia: This remedy is used for sharp shooting pain in the neck and shoulders that may radiate to the arms and fingers.
- Hypericum perforatum: This remedy is indicated for shooting pains in the neck and back that may be accompanied by numbness and tingling sensations.
- Causticum: This remedy is used for neck pain that is worse in cold weather and improves with warmth.
It is important to note that homeopathic remedies should be prescribed by a qualified homeopathic practitioner after a thorough evaluation of the patient’s symptoms and medical history. Homeopathic treatment is not a substitute for conventional medical care and individuals with cervical spondylitis should seek medical attention if their symptoms worsen or persist.