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Home Remedies for Herniated Cervical Disc

Updated on August 21, 2011

Herniated cervical disc is one of the most common clinical spinal diseases, second only to herniated lumbar disc. It is mainly due to the nucleus of cervical intervertebral disc and cartilage has undergone some external pressures after having different degrees of degeneration. This will usually lead to rupture of intervertebral disc and the protrusion of nucleus pulposus from the rupture, or even slipped nucleus from the spinal canal, resulting in compression on adjacent tissue, such as compression on the spinal nerve root and spinal cord. The symptoms of herniated cervical disc are headache, dizziness, palpitations, chest tightness, neck pain, shoulder pain, upper limb numbness. In severe cases, the disease can develop into life-threatening high paraplegia.

What are the main causes of cervical disc herniation?

Disc is the most vulnerable tissue in the human body subject to degenerative changes. As age increased, the nucleus begins to lose some elasticity, and minor trauma combined with cervical disc degeneration can further cause cervical disc herniation. 

Cervical disc herniation mostly occurs in the upper three cervical discs, acute traumatic cervical disc herniation usually happens at the C3-C4 level, this is because a cervical spine injury usually puts far more pressure on the C3-C4 level than on any other places, because C3-C4 are closer to the center of external force.

In the normal situation, the spinal cord is fixed tightly by the dentate ligament, however, when external force has caused ruptures in the discs and ligaments, nucleus pulposus will protrude and easily cause compression on the cervical spinal cord. After compression, cervical spinal cord tends to become thinner, and can forms some cavities in the early stage, many patients may therefore have different degrees of paralysis.

How to prevent cervical disc herniation - home remedies?

Herniated cervical disc is a common disease, and in recent years, it has a tendency of increased incidence rate, especially among young population. There are many methods in the treatment of cervical disc herniation, such as medication, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture or even surgery. All the above treatments can achieve some satisfactory results, however, patients should also learn some home remedy tips on how to prevent the development of herniated cervical disc, so that they can do some simple procedures at home to facilitate the medical treatment process and expedite the recovery time. There some home remedies listed below:

Pay attention to the correct posture while working. The primary cause of herniated cervical disc is the incorrect posture for a long time. Good posture helps to reduce fatigue and avoid injury. Office workers who are spending a large amount of time sitting in front of the computers are more susceptible to the disease because of the long hours for one posture. They will usually suffer from neck muscle fatigue, intervertebral disc degeneration, and some chronic disorders with a series of symptoms. The best work posture at the desk is to keep the neck straight and leaning forward slightly and you should have some rests at work intervals.

Choose a suitable pillow. About one-third of people's life is spent in bed, the height and softness of a pillow have a direct impact on the cervical spine. The best pillow should be able to support the physiological cervical curve and keep the cervical spine straight. Pillow needs to have a certain degree of flexibility to effectively support the cervical spine. When buying a pillow, you should choose that is made of high-elastic cotton or other materials. For the height of the pillow, usually, it should not be lower than 5 cm when using. When sleeping, the lower edge of the pillow is best to be placed under the upper edge of the scapula, so that it can gives enough support to the neck.

Pay attention to keep the neck warm in cold weather, because too much exposure to coldness can lead to muscle spasm, stiff neck and neck pain etc.. It is best to wear clothes with high collars in the fall and winter seasons to protect the cervical spine from being exposed to dramatic temperature.

To avoid injury of the neck is also a major precaution for herniated cervical disc. When doing workouts, you should be very careful not to exercise too much in the neck to avoid cervical injury. In the case of acute onset of cervical injuries, patients should strictly reduce their activities in the neck to protect the cervical spines, in particular, they can use neck protectors to keep the neck straight.

Studies have shown that vitamin C can enhance human immunity and have anti-aging effect, it is especially very helpful in the prevention of the further development of cervical disease. Therefore, patients with cervical disc herniation should in particular eat more foods containing vitamin C, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Moreover, patients are also recommended to have nutrient-rich diets and increase their intakes of high nutritional, vitamin-rich foods such as meat, seafood, grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc. in order to both enhance the immune systems and prevent the degeneration process of cervical disc.

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