Cervical (neck) osteoarthritis is also called neck arthritis or cervical spondylosis. Cervical osteoarthritis describes the wear and tear in the neck.
The most common symptom of cervical osteoarthritis is neck pain and stiffness. Lack of mobility of the neck, particularly in rotation (looking over shoulder) is common. Many patients will describe a grinding or ‘sandy’ noise when they rotate or move their neck from side to side. Keep in mind the symptoms of cervical osteoarthritis could be nothing at all. Just because you have a bit of arthritis on an x-ray does not mean your neck function is compromised or that you should feel any problems with your neck. We will all get some osteoarthritis as we age, it is normal. Just like wrinkles on the skin are normal too.
Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments are useful in the management of cervical osteoarthritis. Speak to your doctor for more information.