This Blog Covers:
- Arthritis of the neck, also called cervical spondylosis, is a relatively common condition that affects more than 85% of people over the age of 60, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
- Cervical spondylosis often develops from age-related, natural wear and tear of the discs and joints in the cervical spine (neck).
- The pain management specialists at American Spine discuss some of the causes, symptoms, and treatments for arthritis of the neck.
Arthritis of the neck is a common occurrence for aging individuals, and most people at some point in their lives will develop this condition. As the vertebral discs and joints in the spine age, they start to dry out, weaken, and collapse, causing the spine to lose height and bulge in certain areas. When these degenerative changes develop in the cervical spine, many patients either experience painful symptoms or no symptoms at all.
Those who develop symptoms from cervical spondylosis may experience the following:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Limited range of motion
- Grinding or popping when turning the neck
- Muscle spasms in the neck and shoulder
- Numbness or tingling in the shoulders and arms
Severe cases of arthritis of the neck may negatively affect the spinal cord or nerve roots in the spine. If this occurs, patients may experience loss of coordination and weakness in the arms, hands, or legs. At this point, and well before it, it is imperative patients see their pain management specialist at American Spine to receive treatment.
Treatment for arthritis of the neck may include:
- Physical therapy
- Ice, heat, rest
- Immobilization with a soft cervical collar
- Pain medication(s)
- Cervical epidural block
- Cervical facet joint injection
- Medical branch block
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Minimally invasive spine surgery
If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain, do not suffer any longer. Call one of our locations to schedule an appointment with an American Spine physician.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.