What is osteochondrosis and how to treat it is the goal of a multi-purpose approach of a vertebrologist. Among the complexes and methods of treatment, the effect of physiotherapy, the use of manual techniques and reflexology are distinguished. Bernard currents, pulse currents are useful. All this is aimed at improving the patient's condition, relieving pain and restoring health.
Summary of Treatment Approaches
Osteochondrosis - is presented as a special complex of dystrophic disorders in the vertebral joints, muscles, nerve endings, which are subject to changes, which leads to the appearance of dorsopathy, intervertebral hernia, innervation disorders and disability. There are three types of osteochondrosis, depending on the location of the affected area. It can also be polysegmental, when all the nodes of the spine are involved in the process. There are many reasons for the appearance of the disease, and modern medicine has a wide range of approaches to treatment. There are conservative methods of treatment in the form of medication, physiotherapy, for example, Bernard currents, as well as surgical, in which the operation is performed.
All experts accept the fact that treatment should be comprehensive. Among the medications used are those aimed at removing the inflammatory process, the pain relief process, muscle relaxation and cartilage tissue restoration.
Treatment of osteochondrosis, along with medication, is also performed conservatively. To relieve pain, it is supposed to be in accordance with the resting regime, holding orthoses, stretching, reflexology, manual therapy, laser therapy, physiotherapy, physiotherapy and many other methods. It all depends on the degree of damage from the disease, the localization of osteochondrosis.
Treatment of osteochondrosis should be carried out comprehensively. Along with the medication, the patient is prescribed physiotherapy and methods related to pulse and electrical currents.
Reflexology for osteochondrosis is a reliable method to help the patient, thanks to it you can successfully anesthetize the affected area, restore the function of nerve endings, relax muscles and increase blood supply. Treatment is performed by acting on a combination of prescription points for each segment of the spine and a healing factor - a reflex response to irritation.
Manual therapy for osteochondrosis
A fashionable trend is manual therapy for osteochondrosis. Many centers and clinics offer to get rid of pain, to conduct sessions of such therapy at home, in offices. Before ordering such a procedure, it is necessary to carefully study the qualifications of the doctor and make sure that the therapy will be useful. Manual therapy for cervical osteochondrosis is especially popular among those who, by profession, are associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Restrictions on manual therapy are introduced if the patient has compression, a disc herniation. In this case, this type of treatment can only cause additional harm. Manual therapy for cervical osteochondrosis complicated by such pathologies can lead to circulatory disorders, headaches, dizziness. Before starting treatment, the chiropractor should be sure that the patient has osteochondrosis in the initial stage, there are no extensions and hernias.
Restrictions on manual therapy are introduced if the patient has compression, a disc herniation. In this case, this type of treatment can only cause additional harm. Manual therapy for osteochondrosis complicated by such pathologies can lead to circulatory disorders, headaches, dizziness. Before starting treatment, the chiropractor should be sure that the patient has osteochondrosis in the initial stage, there are no extensions and hernias.
Characteristics of Bernard physiotherapy and currents
Physiotherapy includes exposure to ultraviolet light, UHF treatment, induction, magnetic therapy, electrophoresis, and diadynamic currents (DDT, Bernard currents). The latter method is widely used in the treatment of diseases not only of the spine, but also in the treatment of nerve and skin diseases. Electrical pulses with a force of 50, 100 Hz are used. Current pulses follow separately or continuously, short and long, maintaining sensitivity to the effects of electroprocessing. The patient experiences a burning sensation and a tingling sensation due to the impact of Bernard's current through the electrodes. As a result, blood flow is increased, nerve and muscle fibers are stimulated, and pain is reduced. The most important advantage of such treatment is the lack of contraindications. For example, magnetic therapy is not recommended for those who have already had surgery and a titanium structure or titanium plate is installed. Magnets can increase pain. Electrophoresis is useful for everyone, but there is no principle of pulsating current in it. Therefore, for healing, to get rid of pain, to increase blood flow, Bernard currents are one of the best tools of hardware physiotherapy.
Laser therapy for osteochondrosis
Laser therapy for osteochondrosis is a method that uses infrared laser radiation, in a variety of ways. The laser is aimed at areas of the lesion and surrounding tissue, directly on the surface of the spine, where osteochondrosis is detected. Laser therapy for osteochondrosis can be supplemented with laser puncture - impact on certain active points.
It should be remembered that osteochondrosis can turn into a chronic disease and its treatment should be performed regularly, using a complex of different tools, approaches and methods.