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Juvenile osteochondrosis

Остеохондроз позвоночника у детей и подростков

Juvenile (adolescent) osteochondrosis is a disease that is based on degenerative-dystrophic changes of intervertebral discs in adolescence. These changes are caused by the teens’ rapid growth, possible skeleton formation disorders, as well as inadequate physical activity on the growing spine. Osteochondrosis can develop in case of wearing a heavy bag on one shoulder and long sitting in an unnatural pose while studying.

Previously, spine osteochondrosis was considered to be an age-related disease. People over 45 visit neurologist in case of back pains. But in recent decades, spinal diseases have significantly “become younger” and more and more children and adolescents complain about the back pain. Later it turns out that osteochondrosis is its main reason.

Symptoms of juvenile osteochondrosis

Juvenile osteochondrosis proceeds somewhat different than adult one. The main complaints in case of cervical spine osteochondrosis in children are: frequent dizziness, intermittent sick and vomiting headache, rapid fatigability from mental and physical exertion, spontaneous faintness, i.e. the vascular abnormalities, which are associated with circulatory disorders in the vertebral arteries system, dominate in the clinical appearances.

Usually cervical and lumbar spine changes are not accompanied by an acute pain syndrome. Children complain about aching, mild neck or lower back pain. An important distinctive feature of children suffering from osteochondrosis is the absence of sensory and motor disorders, as well as pelvic organs disorders.

Meanwhile, osteochondrosis continues to develop, and very often protrusions and hernia of intervertebral discs are already diagnosed on MRI in children of school age. Therefore, if a child often complains of headaches, fatigue, fainting, dizziness, this should alert their parents.

The thoracic spine osteochondrosis is characterized by periodical chest and left hip side pain, abdominal pain, which can simulate the internal organs diseases. Gastroenterologists and paediatricians mistakenly diagnose gastritis, pancreatitis, and dyskinesia of the biliary tract in such children. Such complaint as respiratory affection brings these children to cardiologist and pulmonologist.

Juvenile lumbar spine osteochondrosis has a similar clinical picture with the adult disease. For pain syndromes that occur on the background of osteochondrosis, a blurred clinical picture and vagueness of symptoms are characteristic, which lead to difficulties in the differential diagnosis and the incorrect diagnosis. 

Diagnostics of juvenile osteochondrosis

The most important method of diagnosis is always a narrow examination of the patient. Such an exam should be carried out in all positions: standing, lying, sitting, with movements and inclinations. The neurologist should draw attention to the child's posture, position of the shoulder blades, shoulders, and location of the median back sulcus.

During the examination, it is also possible to determine the muscle tension in certain local pain areas. In addition, a spine x-ray examination comes to an aid. Typical of osteochondrosis radiological signs (narrowing of the intervertebral spaces, osteophytes presence) in children are detected less frequently. Very often you can detect Schmorl's node (cartilaginous nodes in the vertebral bodies), located solitary or in groups.

Juvenile osteochondrosis preventing measures

Prevention of osteochondrosis should be carried out from an early age, taking into account the modern children sedentary lifestyle and their computers and tablets affection. Particular importance should be given to prophylaxis of osteochondrosis, especially if the child has a spine diseases liability. Such factors include spinal column impaired development, degenerative-dystrophic musculoskeletal diseases in parents, natural or acquired cartilage tissue functional insufficiency. It is advisable to undergo the preventive check-ups with doctors (2 times a year).

Such children should regularly practice health gymnastics, moderate physical therapy, swimming; a great attention must be paid to the muscular back corset strengthening, which will allow the back bone to be in the right physiological rest position, removing the unnecessary strain.

It is necessary to teach children to lift weights correctly, avoid hypothermia, often change the position of the body while studying, do not sit in one position for a long time. Of course, the child himself is not able to control the implementation of all these recommendations, so all the responsibility falls on their parents’ shoulders.

You also need to pay attention to the child’s nutrition - it must be balanced, diverse, and rich in proteins, calcium, vitamins and micronutrients necessary for a proper skeleton growth.

Juvenile osteochondrosis treatment

Treatment of osteochondrosis must be complex and lengthy, and it should be started as soon as possible. This is a time-taking and important process, because the further harmonious development of the entire child's organism, child's posture and health directly depend on this process. Treatment should begin with a correction of the child's lifestyle and body weight.

In "Bersenev's Medical Centre" the unique metameric therapy methods are used for the juvenile osteochondrosis treatment. The specialists of our clinic develop an individual treatment program. All procedures are carried out in a certain sequence and according to the physician’s prescribing.

Metameric treatment sessions, which are carried out by neurologists, are repeated certain areas chipping by the neurotrophic property medicine.

As a result, sensory, reflex and trophic disorders are normalized in the affected metamer. Thus, the treatment of osteochondrosis and the restoration of damaged intervertebral discs is carried out.

The complex treatment program also includes a metameric acupressure, which has a direct impact on the main reflexogenic zones of the compromised metamer. In addition, it has a positive effect on the functions of various organs and systems that are “under control” of a particular neurometamer. Metameric acupressure is performed in a massage room by the specialists of our clinic, who have undergone specialized training.

It must be remembered that juvenile osteochondrosis treatment is a long process, since the recovery of cartilaginous tissue (intervertebral disks) depends on the speed of biological and physiological processes. To stop the process of osteochondrosis and restore damaged discs is really possible with the help of metameric methods of treatment applied within “Bersenev’s Medical Centre”. With an early treatment, it is possible to inhibit the disease and spinal deformities development.

To make an appointment for a consultation or a juvenile osteochondrosis treatment session, please, call (044) 272-11-82 (children’s department) or (044) 238-22-31 (call centre). The booking is carried out by previous appointment.

Cost of treatment with additional services
Consulting appointment
Primary neurological examination of a child/adolescent by V.O. Kulyk
Primary neurological examination of a child/adolescent
Secondary neurological examination of a child/adolescent
Secondary neurological examination of the child / adolescent with the development of a home treatment program
Individual program of home treatment for a child/adolescent
Prolongation of the individual program of home treatment for a child/adolescent
Outpatient treatment
Outpatient treatment of a child/adolescent with the spine osteochondrosis by the neurometameric reflexotherapy and metameric medicinal treatment (1 neurological syndrome)
Outpatient treatment of a child/adolescent with the spine osteochondrosis by the neurometameric reflexotherapy and metameric medicinal treatment (2 neurological syndromes)
Outpatient treatment of a child/adolescent with the spine osteochondrosis by the neurometameric reflexotherapy and metameric medicinal treatment (3 neurological syndromes)
Kinesio Taping
Kinesio Taping (1 zone)
Metameric massage
Metameric back massage
Metameric collar and head zones massage
Metameric arms massage
Metameric legs massage
Our staff
Vladyslava Kulyk
Children’s department head physician,
Candidate of Medical Science,
high level certificate pediatric neurologist
Iuliia Biliuk
Pediatric neurologist,
first level certificate neurologist
Stetsiuk Roman Anatoliiovych
Candidate of Medical Science,
Associate professor of Department of Neurology,
high level certificate pediatric neurologist.
Kseniia Maister
Psychologist, speech therapist,
Olena Bielievtseva
Speech therapist
Oleksandr Shevchuk

Oleksandr Shevchuk

Massage therapist
Stanislav Kurtosmanov

Stanislav Kurtosmanov

Massage therapist
Nataliia Rohach

Nataliia Rohach

Marharyta Momotiuk

Marharyta Momotiuk

Massage therapist,
second level certificate nurse
Child neurology
No one can go back and change their start, but everyone can start now and change their finish. When a family decides to have a child, everyone imagines how beautiful, intelligent, and happy it will be. Hardly anyone imagines the baby’s future as sick, helpless and unhappy one. Unfortunately, life has not only pleasant surprises. The joy of birth can be clouded by disease message. Among the causes of child disability the nervous disorders are leading, 75% of which occurs during fetal development stage or during childbirth.
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Child neurologist

Детский невролог — специализируется на лечении болезней, связанных с поражением центральной и периферической нервной системы, а также функциональными нарушениями у детей.

Как правило, в первый месяц рождения, врачи направляют родителей на принудительную консультацию к детскому неврологу в клинике, даже если он родился полностью здоровым, и не обладает какими-либо нарушениями связанных с нервной системой. Кроме того, также необходимы регулярные повторные осмотры, на протяжении следующих этапов жизни.


The term “cerebral palsy” combines a group of syndromes resulting from underdevelopment or brain damage (often combined with spinal cord injury in the cervical spine) during the prenatal, intranatal and early postnatal periods.

Perinatal CNS involvement

Perinatal involvements of the central nervous system are those pathological conditions that arise under the influence of many negative factors affecting the growth and fetus development in the perinatal period.

Organic lesion of the central nervous system

Organic central nervous system lesions are a group of various neuropsychic disorders resulting from the influence of pathological factors upon the brain at different stages of ontogenetic development. This pathology has many behaviour options and various pathogenesis.

Birth trauma of cervical spine

During the birth the infant experiences a great physical exertion when passing through the maternal passages. The newborn’s skeletal system is different from the adult person skeletal system – it is characterized by special flexibility in order to go through this passage without consequences. Thus the newborn babies have an increased chance of receiving a birth trauma of cervical spine during the process of delivery.

Peripheral nervous system trauma

Peripheral nervous system birth trauma is the damage of nerve roots, nerve plexus, peripheral and cerebral nerves affected by an external mechanical agent during childbirth.

Psychoverbal development delay

In recent decades, more and more children have a diagnosis “Psychoverbal development delay”. The statistics are inexorable. And the sooner a psychoverbal development delay or speech delay is detected, the greater the chances for child’s treating are.

Muscle tone disorders

Muscle tone is a slight muscle tension, which is necessary for their quick inclusion in working condition. It is the level of tone that determines the readiness of the muscle complex to perform motor functions. For each period of child’s development there exist physiological standards of tonic activity.

Spinal amyotrophy

The spinal amyotrophies are genetic disorders of an anterior horn motor neurone disease; they are characterized by the progressive muscle weakness and twitching. Spinal amyotrophies are not characterized by sensational, motion coordination and oculomotor disorders. This is due to the spinal cord motoneurons affection.


Myopathies are hereditary diseases, which are based on the muscle fiber damage and, as a consequence, the emergence of a progressive musclular dystrophy (atrophy).


Myelopathy is a neurological term used to describe all kinds of spinal cord lesions. Myelopathy is usually a chronic disease.

Neurotic disorders

Among the mental disorders that occur in childhood, neurotic disorders account for 65%. Neurotic disorders (neuropathy, neurosis, neurasthenia, childish nervousness) in children manifest themself with a wide range of clinical symptoms, among which autonomic dysfunction and emotional disorders are the first.

The compulsive movement syndrome

The compulsive movement syndrome is a children’s nervous system disorder, which appears as a series of simple repeating motions. Such movements include finger sucking, nibbling, frequent blinking, wiggling, rocking or turning, grinding of teeth, shoulders twitching, forehead skin wrinkling, etc.

Psycho-Speech Delay in Genetic Diseases

With the development of a number of natural sciences (genetics, biochemistry, embryology, general biology, etc.), more and more importance is attached to genetic factors, which are considered to be the cause of more than half of cases of psycho-speech development disorders. This primarily includes the chromosome set pathology. Currently, more than 200 types of chromosomal aberrations are being described, causing psycho-speech development delay and mental retardation.

The autonomic dysfunction syndrome

Autonomic dysfunction is the common name for all the autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunctions, which lead to a “failure” in the work of internal parts and body systems.

Posture disorders in children

Posture is a natural habitual posture of a person, which depends on the spine condition, muscular-ligament apparatus, environment, general well-being, and heredity. This is a complex notion determined by a variety of factors and revealing not just the physical condition of a person, but also a psychical one.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a quite common disease that is based on the central nervous system dysfunction (mainly the brain reticular formation).


The autism is a child’s mental development disorder, which is characterized by a lack of communication and speech and motor disorders.

Additional services
Speech therapist appointment

A speech is a reflection of thinking; it is a system. If there are problems with oral speech, then there will be difficulties with the thoughts formation, the ability to analyse, speculate, build logic chains, and also there will be some difficulties with reading and writing. A violation in one speech link is enough to make the whole system start to function incorrectly.

Metameric massage

Many articles have already been written about the undoubted massage benefits, and it has long been known that this is one of healing means, along with sports and nutrition. Massage helps to recover from stress quickly and avoid diseases associated with constant nervous tension, relieves pain points, and relaxes tense muscles. It also reduces anxiety, normalizes the blocked energy flow, enhances the immune system functions, and restores a sense of calm and well-being. This is an important component of a healthy lifestyle.

Psychologist consultation is your chance to change your life for the better


The spine, keeping the whole skeleton in an upright position, is the core of both the whole organism and our Personality.

Family physician appointment

At the “Bersenev’s Medical Center” all patients can get a qualified individual consultation of the family physician Petlytska Victoria Vitaliivna, a specialist with decades of experience in this field.

Victoria Vitaliivna had gotten a special multi-field speciality training of “family medicine”.

Infusion therapy

Infusion therapy (intravenous administration of solutions of various drugs into the body) is currently one of the most important medical measures aimed to solve a wide range of medical problems. This method of treatment exists since the 30s of the XIX century.

This method of treatment allows you to achieve a rapid therapeutic effect, as the medicine enters directly into the bloodstream, and also allows you to control its action more effectively.

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping is the imposition and fixation of special elastic bands on the child’s skin for several days in order to provide physiological movements of the joints and muscles, activating the processes of recovery and movement control. Kinesio tapes are elastic cotton tapes coated with an acrylic-based hypoallergenic adhesive gel.

Orthoses Making

В нашем Медицинском Центре Вы можете получить изготовить индивидуальные ОРТЕЗЫ из термопластичного низкотемпературного материала.

Ортезы — это специальные ортопедические приспособления, предназначенные для коррекции, стабилизации и компенсации нарушений опорно-двигательной системы. Ортезы обеспечивают защиту и разгрузку суставов, создавая для них внешнюю поддержку. Ортезы -незаменимые помощники в лечении и реабилитации.

Corrective insoles making

Neuropsychology arose at the intersection of medicine and psychology. This is a section of psychology that studies the brain organization of mental processes: attention, memory, perception, speech, motor skills, thinking, and emotional responses.

Metameric speech apparatus massage

Массаж артикуляционного аппарата или логопедический массаж — это метод механического воздействия, который изменяет  состояние мышц, нервов, кровеносных сосудов и тканей речевого аппарата.

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