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- Feb 09 2017
EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT CERVICAL OSTEOARTHRITIS
Do you know that after back-pain and simple neck pain, cervical osteoarthritis is the most common musculoskeletal cause of consultation in the medical practice? Cervical Osteoarthritis, also known as cervical spondylosis or neck arthritis is a widespread age-related disorder that affects the joints and disks in your neck. It develops from deterioration of the cartilage and bones present in your cervical spine. Aging of an individual is the most common cause and women are more prone to cervical spondylosis.
Symptoms of Cervical Osteoarthritis
Most people who suffer from cervical osteoarthritis don’t have too many major symptoms. If at all they do occur, they will develop gradually but may get worse suddenly.
1.You might complain about pain along the arm and in the fingers (rarely), which might get exacerbated whilst coughing, sneezing, standing or coughing.
2. Pain that radiates from or between the shoulder blades.
3. Muscle weakness makes it hard to grasp objects firmly or loss of balance.
4. Pain, rigidity, and stiffness felt first thing in the morning and easing out after getting up and moving around.
What Causes Cervical Osteoarthritis?
As mentioned earlier, the most common cause of this condition is associated with aging of an individual. Some of the other causes are:
Bone spurs (Cervical Osteophytes): An osteophyte is a bony outgrowth that the body generates due to a weakened spine and appear in the spinal vertebrae of the neck. You may experience burning, aching or throbbing pain and tingling in the neck and arms.
Dehydrated Spinal Disks: Spinal bones have pad-like disks between each one that bears the shock of turning, twisting and other activities. The gel-like substance inside these disks can dry out over a period of time, resulting in immense pain.
Herniated Disks: The spinal disks can develop cracks and permit the leakage of the internal cushioning substances. This substance can press on the spinal cord and nerves, which will further result in sciatica and arm numbness.
Injury: If you have had a car accident or a fall in recent years, it could also speed up the aging process.
Overuse: Some jobs require heavy lifting of objects, for example, heavy weight lifters or construction workers. This puts extra pressure on the spine and will result in a lot of wear and tear.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
A thorough physical examination, EMG, MRI of the neck and neck X-ray help in the diagnosis. The non-surgical treatment procedures that can be followed are:
a. Resting when the pain is severe.
b. Physical therapy in the form of neck exercises will help maintain range of motion and prevent stiffness of the neck. The therapist will recommend you exercises that make your neck muscles stronger. You may also have neck traction, which is performed to increase the gap between the cervical joints and relieve the pressure on the nerve roots and cervical discs.
c. Muscle relaxants to help decrease painful muscle spasms in the neck, spine, and surrounding muscles.
d. Using a cold pack or application of heat is known to alleviate pain caused due to Cervical Spondylosis.
e. Wearing a soft neck brace or collar to get temporary relief.
f. You can also visit a massage therapist, who does a spinal manipulation or performs acupuncture to help get a relief.
All in all, this is a condition that affects almost 85% of the human population once they have crossed the age of 60. Your doctor may not be able to completely reverse the disorder, but can provide you with umpteen relief measures help you beat the pain and discomfort.
Want to know more about Cervical Osteoarthritis? Download Portea’s Mobile app and chat with a doctor for free. You can also book physiotherapy sessions via our app or through the website; visit: Physiotherapy at Home
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