One of the most common causes of back pain is osteochondrosis. This is the name for a spinal disorder in which the intervertebral discs are affected. With such lesions, the intervertebral disc can be layered, deformed, and changed in height. Hence the pain.
According to statistics, almost 80% of the world's residents suffer from this disease to varying degrees. An impressive number! Its "terrible size" is easy to explain.
Answer a few questions. Is your lifestyle more passive than active? Prefer to drive rather than walk? Do you spend a lot of time at the computer, sitting in one position? If you say "yes" more than "no", unfortunately, sooner or later you have the chance of developing osteochondrosis.
The danger of pathology is that people who are afraid of osteochondrosis often don't even realize it. It is difficult to identify in the early stage, and difficult to cure in the later stage.
In most cases, pathology is diagnosed when internal organ damage occurs after osteochondrosis. This often happens because the spine is the support of the entire body and a violation of its function can negatively affect the entire body.
Osteochondrosis therapists urge you to pay more attention to yourself and your health. Pay attention to the slightest symptoms of discomfort and contact us immediately. We will help detect disease early and cure it before it becomes invincible.
Symptoms of thoracic osteochondrosis
To make it easier for you to understand that it's time to see a specialist, pay special attention to the most "bright" signs of osteochondrosis.
Symptoms of thoracic osteochondrosis depend on which part of the spine is affected by the deformity, most commonly back discomfort and pain. It may also be severe pain between the shoulder blades and between the intercostal spaces. Pain can be localized along the thoracic spine and aggravated by exercise.
It's not just back pain that can signal a problem. If your heart, nerves, liver, and other internal organs are "playing tricks", this can also be a warning "bell. "
The main symptoms of thoracic osteochondrosis:
- Decreased mobility of the thoracic spine. However, this is not always a symptom of osteochondrosis. There are also signs of Bechterew disease, scoliosis and other spinal deformities, Forestier disease, etc. X-rays are needed to pinpoint the cause of the pain. Turn to professional experts, you can have an X-ray in our center and get an expert opinion right away;
- Pain in the chest, behind the breastbone, is more common on the left side. Similar symptoms occur in ischemic heart disease. So, to figure out the details, you're going to need an EKG, an EKG. You can also have the test done at a specialized clinic;
- Pain between shoulder blades. It may be a pain or shooting pain that is aggravated by walking, bending over, inhaling and exhaling.
Thoracic vertebral osteochondrosis, which is treated primarily for pain relief, is perfectly disguised as other diseases and can be easily confused. To prevent this from happening, you need to do a series of simple checks. Based on their results, our experts will determine the exact cause of your problem and find a solution.
Diagnosis of thoracic vertebral osteochondrosis
Thoracic osteochondrosis is a serious condition that should be diagnosed by an experienced physician. Do not try to self-medicate.
However, if you pay attention to your lifestyle, posture, and the condition of different parts of your body, you can independently find out how high your risk of osteochondrosis is.
posture. Stand with your back against the wall and no shoes. Your body should be in contact with the wall at five points: the back of your head, shoulders, hips, calves, and heels. Hold this pose for 3-4 minutes. If you're happy with the position, congratulations - there's no reason to worry. If you have tension in different parts of your body, we will move on to further diagnoses.
The seventh cervical process is considered the beginning, it is visually visible and should feel good on palpation, the rest of the process should be the same size and the same distance from each other. If the vertebrae are difficult to reach, coalesce into a "column" or their displacement is clearly visible - there is cervicosternal osteochondrosis, the symptoms of which are described above.
Cervical osteochondrosis may cause headaches, nervousness and depression, thyroid problems, hearing and vision disturbances, numbness of the hands and fingers, and high blood pressure.
The vertebrae in the thoracic region should normally be in a groove and have the correct alignment of "one row". They should not stick out and protrude on the skin when tilted. But thoracic osteochondrosis, which should also be diagnosed by a doctor, occurs most often in people who work in offices. It's a sedentary day job, sitting in front of a computer, studying. Weightlifters also frequently suffer from osteochondrosis. People with thoracic spine problems often suffer from colds: bronchitis, pleurisy, cough, pneumonia.
Diagnosis of thoracic osteochondrosis begins with a thorough medical examination. If the symptoms of the disease are clear, the diagnosis can be made based on the patient's complaint, examination, medical history, and MRI and X-ray findings. The pictures let you clearly see the severity of the disc deformation.
A clear evidence of lumbar osteochondrosis is deposits on both sides that visually "push" the waist. The person's posture has obviously changed. In this case, the results of the MRI can diagnose the presence of a herniated disc and Schmorl's hernia. Invasive lumbar hernias can lead to paralysis of the legs, and tumors can degenerate into cancerous tumors.
How often does a baby land on the tailbone? often. In such cases, parents rarely take their baby to the doctor. After all, a bruise like this is a given. This is wrong. In fact, bruising is dangerous. They cause bones to bend, and salt deposits can then build up in them. Osteochondrosis in the sacral region leads to hemorrhoids, constipation, varicose veins of the lower extremities, arthropathy.
So when you examine your spine independently, you can draw conclusions about whether your body is biased. But remember, the final diagnosis is still made by the doctor.
At the medical center, you are waiting for real professionals, specialists of the highest level. You will get really high quality medical care that will solve any of your problems.
The center is equipped with advanced equipment to identify any pathology at the initial stage. In addition, at our center, you can perform any type of laboratory test: from the presence of sugar in the blood to performing STD detection tests.
Treatment of thoracic osteochondrosis
The treatment of any disease begins with eliminating the cause of the disease. At the same time, of course, specialists carry out treatments that eliminate pathological symptoms. Only such complex treatment can help achieve recovery.
If a doctor diagnoses osteochondrosis of the thoracic spine, treatment can be medication and reflexes.
Medical treatment of osteochondrosis in the thoracic region is usually used in the exacerbation stage. To stop the attack, analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, sedatives, and corticosteroids are used.
In addition to oral medications, your doctor may use lidocaine or neocaine for a local blockade. Drugs with strong anti-inflammatory effects affect major links in the pathogenesis of pain, so relief is almost immediate.
In the comprehensive treatment of osteochondrosis, muscle relaxants, herbal preparations, antidepressants are added.
Reflexology is carried out during the remission period, and the main functions in the treatment are reflexology, acupuncture, magnetic acupuncture, and manual massage. These procedures reduce the dose of the drug and permanently fix the effects of the treatment.
Specialists will help you at any stage of the disease: from early diagnosis to the treatment of complex cases. Neuropathologists and therapists, massage therapists and reflex therapists are at your disposal. In addition, if necessary, other specialist doctors working in our center will join your treatment process.
Your health is in your hands. The sooner you seek help, the sooner we can help you.