The reasons for the temperature rise at the cervical and lumbar osteochondrosis

Many patients ask the question: does the temperature in osteochondrosis? The fact that this disease is often seen solely as a pathology of the vertebrae and not associated with fever. The majority of patients with osteochondrosis when you increase the temperature explained by hypothermia or by cold, without being related to the underlying disease.

However, the defeat of the cervical and lumbar often enough to give a fever. This is usually subfebrile values around 37 degrees.

temperature in osteochondrosis of the cervical spine


low-grade Fever is a protective factor of the body. Moreover, all metabolic processes are intensified, resulting in the body is actively fighting the infection. Higher values of the thermometer suggests that in the body there is inflammation. Its cause may be infection, for example, influenza virus, and injury.

The Temperature in osteochondrosis occur because of injuries to the muscles, ligaments and nerve roots, intervertebral discs overgrown. First, the patient feels only the symptoms of compression of vessels and nerves in the cervical and lumbar. This is a regular pain, backache, stiffness, impaired hearing and vision.

But, in addition, the disease periodically and can give a temperature of about 37 degrees, which greatly reduces the efficiency and quality of life of patients.

Differential diagnosis

In osteochondrosis of the cervical and lumbar may from time to time experience fever. With the defeat of the thoracic this is less common. But this symptom is not typical, and it is important not to confuse the worsening of the underlying disease with infection.

Because of acute respiratory diseases tend to occur with atypical, without the usual cough and runny nose to confuse them with aggravation of degenerative disc disease is quite simple.

temperature in osteochondrosisReliably distinguished manifestations of osteochondrosis of influenza, parainfluenza or pneumonia by a doctor. This takes place as x-ray studies of the spine, and blood tests for possible infections.

In the presence of abrupt changes in x-ray images or the CT and the absence of infection with viruses is assigned a complex treatment. If special no radiographic changes, but discovered the infectious agent, treat the infection.

remedy fever

If the cause of fever in the defeat of the intervertebral cartilages, it is not necessary to treat her symptomatically. With increasing values up to 37 or even 37.5 degrees, the temperature generally can not shoot down, as it only slows down recovery. The body tries to cope with the inflammation in the lumbar or cervical spine independently, and antipyretic drugs him in this way.

Very often, taking another aggravation of degenerative disc disease for the common cold, patients begin to uncontrollably take a lot of antiviral drugs. And it not only does not eliminate the cause of disease, but also causes a lot of side effects with prolonged use.

Medicines in the acute period

To resolve fever in the acute stage, the doctor prescribes drugs such as:

  • NSAIDs
  • antihistamines
  • chondroprotectors;
  • steroid anti-inflammatory.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help reduce pain, antihistamines relieve swelling, and chondroprotectors help restore cartilage. Steroid hormones are assigned only in case of failure of the first.

It is Worth noting that such treatments as massage, physical therapy and physical therapy in the acute phase with increasing temperature up to 37 degrees and above is not recommended. They are used in the interictal period.