We dispel the myths about osteochondosis

Fifty years ago, it was hardly possible to meet a young man with osteochondrosis. Now almost every second in their 30s has this kind of problem. This is due to the gone into oblivion of a mobile lifestyle, a long stay in an uncomfortable position (in most cases, due to sitting at a computer), excess weight and generally unbalanced diet, smoking. And since this disease is widespread, there are many myths around it. Let’s try to dispel them.


  1. treatment of osteochondrosis in the clinic is not complete without non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This is not entirely true. These drugs are needed only during an exacerbation, to relieve pain and inflammation. And during the period of remission, physical, reflex and manual therapy is carried out, which give a very good effect.
  2. With pathology of vertebral discs, it is useful to warm up the affected areas. It is fundamentally wrong! Temperature changes, especially extreme ones (for example, going to a beginner’s bathhouse), can be a trigger for a serious exacerbation. If thermal procedures are used, then only with complex treatment, and only the doctor himself can prescribe them.
  3. Long-term walking is bad for the spinal column. On the contrary! Motor activity has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the framework of our body: it maintains intervertebral mobility, maintains muscle tone, stimulates blood circulation and metabolism. But in the progression of the disease, hypodynamia and staying in a sitting position are just the “guilty”. Another thing is when an overweight person walks for a long time or carries weights, then the spine really experiences an increased load.
  4. Back pain is one single symptom of the disease. This is not entirely true. Patients are also concerned about limb aches, muscle cramps, headaches and / or pain in the arms, and vertebral artery syndrome may appear.
  5. Only an orthopedic traumatologist can treat osteochondrosis. It goes without saying that it is wrong. The treatment of this disease can be successfully dealt with by neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists-vertebrologists, and with the appointment of drug therapy in case of exacerbation, the local therapist copes well.


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