Neck arthritis and control

//Neck arthritis and control

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.

Using manipulation to treat neck arthritis

Using manipulation to treat neck arthritis

Using manipulation to treat neck arthritis

One of them is visiting your chiropodist who will manipulate your neck. Manipulation is a type of manual therapy used to adjust parts of your body to treat stiffness. The aim of this chiropractic treatment is reducing nerve irritability and improving function.

Manual treatment carried out by chiropodist, along with home exercises, are often all that’s needed. Your chiropractor will be able to prepare for you a strengthening programme which you can do at home.
Sleeping can become very difficult if we have neck arthritis.

Another alternative could be an acupuncture.

Therefore when you sleep, your head should be in line with your spine. Think of your head as an extension of your spine. This means you should neither excessively bend your head forward, nor extend it back also avoid using flat pillows and sleeping on your stomach.

By | 2017-10-25T21:32:22+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Neck|0 Comments

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Paola Ash
Paola Ash has over 15 years experience in manual therapy/healthcare. Paola is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP).

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