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Cervical Osteoarthritis (Neck Arthritis)

Cervical arthritis most often affects you as you age. But a previous or recent neck injury may, in fact, lead to the debilitating neck pain that comes with cervical osteoarthritis. Facet joints in the neck are vulnerable when you play sports or engage in activities that put your neck in danger. For the most effective neck arthritis treatment, you first need a correct diagnose. Get that at one of the many offices of New York Pain Care in NYC and northern New Jersey. Early treatment for arthritis in the neck can save you from years of pain.

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NYC’s Top Neck Arthritis Specialists

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Anatomy of Cervical Osteoarthritis

New York Pain Care employs some of the nation’s top back and neck pain specialists to treat your neck arthritis. These NYC neck care physicians reach an accurate diagnosis and then find the most appropriate treatments so you can return to your normal activities pain-free. New York Pain Care has been top-rated for neck arthritis treatment for 10 years in a row by Castle Connolly. These board certified, Harvard-trained physicians, consistently voted Top Doctors in NYC, specialize in non-surgical approaches to neck arthritis that successfully mask the pain and address the underlying issues with state-of-the-art procedures.

What Is Neck Arthritis?

Also called cervical osteoarthritis, neck arthritis is a leading cause of neck pain in adults. You may recognize it by the ongoing pain in your cervical spine, which is in your upper back and neck, and the tissues surrounding them. Living with this neck condition makes it difficult to do the things you love.

Arthritis occurs when the facet joints’ connective tissues and bones degenerate with age or from an injury. The facet joints in your cervical spine allow the smooth forward and back movements that make your neck one of the most flexible parts of your body. The flexibility also makes your neck prone to arthritis, which you’ll notice when:

What Are the Symptoms of Neck Arthritis?

Each person who experiences neck arthritis may have different symptoms. But common signs of neck arthritis include:

You may feel pain before any signs of neck arthritis show up on an x-ray. Conversely, you may have neck arthritis without any pain. Your experienced New York Pain Care neck arthritis doctor accurately diagnoses whether you have neck arthritis or another condition, such as:

What Causes Neck Arthritis?

Neck arthritis may be caused by damage to the facet joints of your cervical spine. There are several reasons for this damage, including:

Neck arthritis is most common in people over age 50, as the connective neck tissues in the facet joints weaken. A previous neck injury or a job that stresses your neck increases your likelihood of developing neck arthritis as you age. Neck arthritis almost always gets worse without proper treatment.

What Treatments Are Available for Neck Arthritis?

Your NYC neck arthritis doctor conducts a full evaluation before deciding on the best treatment for you, based on your overall health, age and severity of symptoms. The initial treatment options are often non-surgical. Your interventional treatments may include:

Experienced, skilled neck pain specialists and cervical spine surgeons work together to give you the most appropriate treatments. Relying on the latest medical knowledge and technology, these New York and New Jersey pain experts tailor your treatment based on your needs, as there’s no cookie-cutter arthritis solution.

Your treatment is likely to be made up of multiple approaches. Early diagnosis improves the outcome of neck arthritis treatments. The expert pain management team at New York Pain Care have been recognized as the Most Dedicated Physicians by their peers. Contact them today to make an appointment at one of their eight convenient locations.

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Page Updated on Aug 25, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of New York Pain Care
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