Neck arthritis has many names – cervical facet joint osteoarthritis, cervical spondylolisthesis, degenerative joint disease, and cervical osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints and in its various forms, it affects people of any age group.
The portion of your spine that makes up your neck is called the cervical spine. Neck arthritis occurs if the cartilage begins to degenerate, or break down. As the cartilage thins or disappears completely, bone-on-bone friction occurs in the facet joints. This friction can cause cervical bone spurs, or osteophytes, to develop.
You may also experience tenderness or swelling on the area over the affected facet joints or have a reduced range of motion of your neck. There is a good news with neck arthritis. The symptoms usually do not get worse over time, and not so often requires surgery. There are various treatment options you can consider to help manage your neck pain.