Osteochondrosis is a disease of the spine in which the intervertebral discs (and subsequently the vertebral bodies, joints and ligaments) lose their ability to function properly.

Osteochondrosis is now considered to be caused by a combination of factors affecting the spine during a person’s lifetime. Additional risk of developing osteochondrosis is created by injuries received to the spinal column, as well as posture disorders. Some patients note a connection between the onset of the disease and hypothermia. Some of them do: https://pillintrip.com/medicine/aprol.

In practice it is customary to consider

cervical osteochondrosis,
osteochondrosis of the thoracic and
lumbar spine.
Separately, we should mention widespread osteochondrosis, characterized by lesions of several parts of the spine at once.

The most common are the cervical and thoracic forms, since it is these parts of the spine that are subjected to the greatest stress.


With osteochondrosis, patients describe symptoms such as:

Seizure-like or shooting pain in the spine region affected by osteochondrosis;
an increase in pain after physical activity, as well as in the morning;
pain may recur in the neck, arm or leg, as well as in the chest;
feeling of crunching when performing twisting.
Osteochondrosis is also characterized by neurological symptoms on the affected side:

partial impairment of movements (paresis);
unpleasant sensations in the form of goosebumps, tingling (paresthesia);
On palpation, tension of muscles corresponding to the affected area is determined.
The disease begins and develops gradually, not abruptly.

Osteochondrosis of the spine should be distinguished from coronary heart disease (in CHD the onset of pain is not related to physical exertion, but is caused by side factors: coughing, bending over, sitting for long periods).