Any part of our spine can degenerate and our neck is a common place for degeneration and wear and tear to occur (arthritis). Cervical arthritis just means neck arthritis. It may also be called wear and tear, old age, osteoarthritis or spondylosis. The neck is a very mobile structure and as we age, work and play sport, this can lead to the neck become degenerated or worn out. The process involves moisture loss and tearing within our intervertebral discs that leads to a reduced ability of out spinal joints to absorb the stresses of movement. Over time this leads to a greater and greater break down of your neck intervertebral joints with the final stage being termed neck arthritis.
Symptoms of cervical arthritis
The symptoms of cervical arthritis range from dull neck pain to pain that shoots down the arm into the hands. The discs can become painful themselves and we call this cervical discogenic pain syndrome. Neck stiffness and muscle tightness about the neck are very common. In advanced cases there can be compression of the spinal cord and existing nerves and in these cases muscle weakness and neurological symptoms are likely.
Treatment of cervical arthritis
Treatment of cervical arthritis at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why involve chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments. Both our chiropractors and physiotherapists use a combination of specific muscle, joint and exercise treatments. Self directed exercises take a large component of this. There is also a large emphasis place at hands on treatments such as spinal mobilisation, manipulations and mechanical treatments such as McKenzie Method. It is only in rare cases of this condition that we would need to send someone for an injection or to a surgeon. Arthritis of the neck doesn’t need to be a life long sentence of neck pain, we use the latest treatments based on the latest research to make sure we are doing everything we can do in order to get you pain free and back to living your life.