Osteochondrosis

Release the strain on your back with pain therapy

Pain creeps up on you. In the beginning, it only occurs after physical work or exercise. Some people feel it in their neck, others in the small of their back or lower back. At one point, the pain becomes constant, whether seated, standing or lying down. Sometimes the pain even radiates into the arms and legs. The cause? Potentially, osteochondrosis.

Osteochondrosis is an osseous change in the spinal region. It develops as a result of wear and tear on the intervertebral discs and the adjacent spine.

Schoen Clinic is specialised in diagnosing and treating osteochondrosis in all degrees of severity. In the acute phase, you will immediately receive pain drug therapy. Combined with back training and relaxation exercises, this provides many patients relief.

Causes & symptoms

What is osteochondrosis?

Osteochondrosis is a wear-related change in the intervertebral disc and adjacent bone. The intervertebral discs in the spine are pressed together due to severe overstress. Over time, the intervertebral discs can no longer regenerate and remain in the compressed position. Due to the pressure, osseous outgrowths develop which can cause pain and severely restrict the mobility of the spine.

Osteochondrosis can occur in any section of the spine: A differentiation is made between the cervical spine (osteochondrosis CS), thoracic spine (osteochondrosis TS) or lumbar spine (osteochondrosis LS).

Causes: How does a osteochondrosis develop?

Everything starts with excess strain on the intervertebral discs. These fixed, fibrous rings are between the individual vertebra in the spine and act as shock absorbers for impacts. Like other parts of the body, intervertebral discs also show evidence of wear and tear; depending on the level of strain, they can occur earlier in some patients and later in others. The wear and tear starts at age 20. From 60 onward, more than 90 percent are affected by sign of wear and tear. However: osteochondrosis is not always painful. A certain amount of wear and tear is completely natural.

What risk factors can promote osteochondrosis?

If you suffer from osteochondrosis, usually several unfavourable factors have been interacting for a long time.

Severe physical strain at work:
  • many years of heavy lifting (construction sector, trade work)
  • many years of carrying heavy objects (transport sector, nursing care)
Unhealthy physical conditions:
  • previous herniated discs or broken vertebrae
  • intervertebral disc infections
  • spinal (e.g. scoliosis) or pelvic misalignments
  • Being overweight
  • metalobic diseases (e.g. diabetes)
  • Smoking
  • chronic coughing

Symptoms: What symptoms occur with osteochondrosis?

Stubborn, intractable back pain is typical. Often when lying in the morning and when strained while standing and walking. If there is neck pain, it can radiate from the cervical spine, down the arms and into the tips of the fingers. If there is lower back pain, it can also radiate into the buttocks or legs. Osteochondrosis can also be associated with a herniated disc with tingling or numbness in the arms and legs. If there is an involuntary loss of urine or stool, contact a physician immediately.

Diagnostics

A diagnosis helps to select the right treatment

Back pain is considered a widespread disease these days. One of the causes is osteochondrosis. After a comprehensive diagnosis, we work with you to select the best treatment for you.

First step – medical history

First, we document your detailed medical history. We asked targeted questions about the onset, progression and symptoms of your condition. Then, we perform a physical exam with the help of imaging methods. These include x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT). Depending on the findings, we also perform neurological examinations of the spinal cord (spinal canal).

Imaging methods provide information

To find the cause of your severe pain, we x-ray sections of your spine. The spine is always recorded in two stages, partially under active strain.

With the help of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we can assess intervertebral discs, the spinal canal, nerves, vertebrae, musculature and ligaments very well. Image-by-image, the condition of the intervertebral discs and the related change in the spine can be determined.

Nerve canal contractions and spinal instabilities are immediately visible.