Neck arthritis, also known as cervical spondylosis, degenerative joint disease, or cervical osteoarthritis, is a result of age-related wear and tear of the cervical spine.
Our cervical spine, the portion of the spine that makes up our neck, is made up of bony vertebra and gelatinous discs. As we age, the cartilage in the cervical spine can begin to degenerate. As the cartilage breaks down, the underlying bone is exposed and can develop rough growths or spurs. These growths result in swelling, stiffness, and pain.
It is not uncommon for people to not experience any symptoms. However, when symptoms do occur, effective treatments are usually nonsurgical.
Symptoms of Neck Arthritis
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Numbness or weakness in arms, hands, legs, or feet
- Radiating pain in shoulders and arms
- Muscle spasms in the neck
- Popping, cracking, grinding, or clicking sounds in the neck
Relieving Neck Arthritis Pain
Helpful, nonsurgical treatments include:
- There are a variety of exercises to help support and improve posture. Specifically, neck exercises help strengthen and stretch the cervical spine. This helps maintain range of motion and prevent neck stiffness.
- Cold and heat therapy can be used to reduce pain symptoms. Cold therapy can help reduce swelling in inflamed areas of the neck. Heat can help reduce soreness and pain in muscles and joints.
- Neutral Posture is key. It’s important to properly support and align your spine and neck in neutral posture to help prevent excessive strain and pressure on your spine. Ergonomic workstations, seating supports, and quality mattresses and pillows, can help provide the support and alignment you need to reduce neck pain and strain.
- Rest when pain is severe.
Always check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise or treatment program. If you are experiencing neck pain, visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you find products to relieve daily pain and discomfort.