Cervical Osteoarthritis, try to say that ten times fast. Better yet, try to tell me what it even is. Cervical Osteoarthritis, better known as “neck arthritis” is exactly what it sounds like. Before I further explain the causes, symptoms, treatments, and ways to deal with cervical osteoarthritis is, let me first explain what arthritis is.
Arthritis is a disorder that involves the swelling and/or degeneration of the joints, and there are over one hundred different types of arthritis. Typically, arthritis is caused by previous joint damage caused by: past injuries or strains, sickness and disease, and the daily wear-and-tear of life. The most common symptom of arthritis is joint pain, however many others symptoms exist as well. Weight loss, fatigue, muscle pains and aches, fever, tenderness, difficulty moving, and even the loss of the ability to use certain body parts are all different symptoms of arthritis. Arthritis is also the most common cause of disability in the United States.
Now that you know the basics of arthritis, we’ll jump into osteoarthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and is also known as degenerative arthritis. Essentially, it is the deterioration of the joints. Some symptoms include stiffness of the joints, tenderness, joint pain, and even locking of the joints. The causes of osteoarthritis vary and can range from: hereditary, daily wear-and-tear, metabolic (poor diet or other dietary causes), and even mechanical. As osteoarthritis worsens, bones can also be damaged due to the loss of cartilage that is there to protect them. People who suffer from osteoarthritis can also develop complete or partial regional muscle atrophy. Osteoarthritis affects over twenty-five million people in the United States.
Cervical osteoarthritis, or “neck arthritis”, as well as other forms of arthritis of the spine can be a very serious condition. The most common symptom of cervical osteoarthritis is pain in the neck that can radiate into the shoulders. Pain can also be worse during the beginning of the day after waking, and later on in the evening when trying to rest for bed. Neck pain from cervical osteoarthritis in the back of the head, but usually feels better with rest.
Cervical Osteoarthritis like any other form of arthritis is rarely ever completely cured, but with proper physical activity and different neck exercises and stretches, cervical osteoarthritis can be maintained. Other methods of getting relief from neck arthritis pain include all natural topical pain relief creams as well as all natural anti-inflammatory pills.