Cervical Osteoarthritis Overview
What is cervical osteoarthritis?
A person with cervical osteoarthritis has inflammation and damage to the cartilage that lines the joints in the neck. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the joints that support the weight of the body, such as the spine (neck and lower back are most common), hips, knees, and ankles. The cause for osteoarthritis is unknown, but aging, obesity, joint injury, joint stress, heredity, and muscle weakness seem to play a role. Osteoarthritis usually starts in middle age, and it is the leading cause of disability in those over the age of 65. Severe cervical osteoarthritis can lead to disk disease in the cervical spine as well as cervical spondylosis.
What are the symptoms of cervical osteoarthritis?
Common symptoms of cervical osteoarthritis include neck pain, neck stiffness, and decreased range of motion in the neck. Cervical osteoarthritis with a herniated disk may cause neck pain that travels down the arm, arm numbness, and arm weakness.
How does the doctor treat cervical osteoarthritis?
Treatment for cervical osteoarthritis includes muscle relaxants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, corticosteroids, and physical therapy. Surgery may be an option.
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