Understanding Neck Arthritis
The cervical spine consists of seven vertebrae, and between each vertebra, there are discs that act as cushions, absorbing shock and allowing for smooth movement. With age, these discs can gradually lose their flexibility and thickness, resulting in degeneration and the development of bony growths called bone spurs.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):
RA is an autoimmune inflammatory disease where the body's own immune system attacks the joint linings, causing inflammation and damage to healthy tissues. It can affect various joints throughout the body, including those in the neck, back, shoulders, wrists, knees, and more.
OA is often referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis and affects around 27 million Americans. This condition occurs when the cartilage in the joints breaks down over time, leading to pain and stiffness. While OA can affect any joint, it is commonly found in the hips, knees, lower back, neck, fingers, and toes.
Causes of Neck Arthritis:
Neck arthritis can affect people of all ages, but it is more prevalent in individuals over the age of 65. Several risk factors can contribute to its development, including:
- Advanced age
- Previous joint injuries
- Weak muscles
Symptoms of Neck Arthritis:
The symptoms of neck arthritis can vary depending on the type of arthritis and the severity of the condition. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, symptoms may include pain, swelling, malformation, stiffness on one or both sides of the neck, and reduced movement and function. Systemic symptoms, such as fatigue, weight loss, fever, and inflammation in the eyes or lungs, can also occur with RA.
In osteoarthritis, the common symptoms include pain and stiffness, usually more pronounced in the morning or after periods of rest. Other signs may include clicking or cracking sounds when moving the neck, pain worsening after activity or towards the end of the day, mild swelling around the joint, and decreased joint function.
Treatment for Neck Arthritis:
While there is no cure for RA or OA, there are effective ways to manage the symptoms and improve overall comfort and function. At RelievUS, we offer a range of treatment options for neck arthritis, including:
- Physical Therapy: Our physical therapy programs are designed to improve joint mobility, strengthen muscles, and reduce pain.
- Massage Therapy: Massage can help relax muscles and alleviate tension in the neck and surrounding areas.
- Chiropractic Manipulation: Chiropractic care may provide relief by adjusting the spine to reduce pressure on affected nerves.
- Drug Therapy: We offer topical, oral, and injection-based medications to help manage pain and inflammation.
- Surgical Treatment: For severe cases, surgical interventions may be recommended to alleviate pressure on nerves and restore function.
Don't Delay Seeking Treatment:
Leaving neck arthritis untreated can lead to a decline in overall health and mobility. The pain and reduced mobility can contribute to a sedentary lifestyle, leading to weight gain and potential health issues like diabetes and heart disease. Seeking early treatment at RelievUS can significantly improve your quality of life and help you maintain your active lifestyle.
Take Control of Your Pain with RelievUS:
At RelievUS, our dedicated team of specialists is ready to provide you with comprehensive and compassionate care. We are committed to helping you find relief from neck arthritis pain and enhancing your overall well-being. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free future. Relief is within reach with Relievus!