Cervical Osteoarthritis (Neck Arthritis)

Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage in a joint begins to break down and no longer facilitates smooth movement between bones, which can eventually result in the joint becoming swollen and painful. When this condition develops in the cervical spine, it is called cervical osteoarthritis.

Sometimes confusion is created when general terms are used interchangeably to refer to cervical osteoarthritis, including cervical spondylosis, degenerative joint disease, or simply neck arthritis. On this site, cervical osteoarthritis is the term that specifically describes the degeneration of the facet joints in the cervical spine.

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Neck Exercises for Neck Pain

Many people hold tension in their necks and shoulders, leading to stiffness, bad posture and tension headaches. Neck pain is common; it limits function and is costly. Exercise therapy is a widely used treatment for neck pain. There appears to be a role for exercises in the treatment of neck pain. Neck strain (cervical strain, […]

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