Neck osteochondrosis also called cervical osteochondrosis and is connected with disturbance and destruction of the invertebral joints and discs. This disease is the most common type among spinal pathologies.
Symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis
- Cochlear syndrome. Ringing in ears or hearing loss may occur during a long course of the disease.
- Pain. Neck pain always occurs during cervical osteochondrosis and spreads to the muscles, shoulders, and the back of the head.
- Changes in functioning of vision. It may be a reduction of the visual activity and appearance of black circles around the eyes.
- General weakness.
Headaches are a pretty frequent symptom and complaint during neck osteochondrosis. It also called cerviogenic headache. Usually, a headache during neck osteochondrosis is moderate and can last from several hours to several days. Most often, the headache is located in the occipitocervical region and spreads to the frontal and temporal lobes.
A cerviogenic headache during neck osteochondrosis is often accompanied by such symptoms as:
- You may feel increased sensibility to the noises.
- Your ears may feel blocked.
- Your vision may become blurred.
What Causes Increased Cerviogenic Headache?
- Uncomfortable positions of the head during sleep.
- Overweight, which leads to excessive spine load.
- Bad posture.
- Muscle imbalance and weakness.
- Constant sedentary work.
How to Fight a Cerviogenic Headache?
There are several ways to fight a cerviogenic headache:
Analgesics and antispasmodics
You can use analgesics coupled with antispasmodics for relieving cerviogenic headache. If you have excessive muscle tension, you may use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin or ibuprofen). But remember that these medications don’t treat an underlying disease and have some serious side effects.
Analgesics, which contain diclofenac, reduce bone marrow, lower immunity, depress gastric secretion, and provoke the development of gastritis. Antispasmodics can cause the opposite effect – increase dizziness, headache, and provoke arrhythmia.
Physical therapy can help you strengthen weak neck muscles and improve the mobility of your joints. Physical therapy includes acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and chiropractic treatment. You should consult your doctor to find out what type of exercise is safest for you.
Surgery or injection
In rare cases, surgery is needed to relieve a cervicogenic headache through nerve compression or nerve block. A nerve block involves injecting a numbing agent or a corticosteroid into the nerves in the back of the head. If this procedure will help you, it means that you have a problem with the nerves in the neck. For checking problems with soft tissue or joints the doctor may use CT scan, MRI or X-ray.
Other treatment methods include yoga, acupuncture or deep breathing, that may help you to ease the neck condition.