DANIEL SOUTHERN, M.D.
REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

About Neck Arthritis

Like the rest of the body, the disks and joints in the neck, called the cervical spine, slowly degenerate as we age. Neck arthritis, which is known medically as cervical spondylosis is the result of these age related, “wear and tear” changes that occur over time. Neck arthritis can also result from previous trauma such as from a car accident or contact sports that result in repetitive minor neck injury, such as football. Neck arthritis is extremely common with more than 85% of people over the age of 60 suffering from neck pain and stiffness from degenerative changes

Causes of Neck Arthritis

The facet joints are the joints in your spine that make your spine flexible. Healthy facet joints have cartilage, which allows your vertebrae to move smoothly against each other without grinding. If it degenerates you can experience neck arthritis. Further, if the discs between the vertebrae become compressed, simply wear out from age or repetitive pressure or trauma there can be increased pressure on the facet joints. As the facet joints experience increased pressure, they also begin to degenerate and develop arthritis. If the smooth, slippery articular cartilage that covers and protects the joints wears away it will result in neck arthritis.

Symptoms of Neck Arthritis

Neck arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, headaches, a “grinding” or “cracking” sound when you turn your neck, muscles spasms in the neck and shoulders and sometimes weakness and possibly even numbness in your arms, hands or fingers. When you experience these symptoms, especially pain, it can range from being mild to severe and can be made worse by looking up or down or by holding your head in the same position for long periods of time such as from driving or sitting at your computer or just reading a book. The pain usually improves with rest or lying down.

Non Surgical Treatment for Ankle Arthritis

For most people, neck arthritis can be managed by non surgical treatment that might include physical therapy, stretching and medications. Oral medications, topical crèmes and gels to reduce inflammation may be helpful. For some patients, treatment of neck arthritis might include steroid or other types of injections.

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Surgical Treatment for Ankle Arthritis

Surgery is not commonly recommended for cervical spondylosis and arthritic neck pain unless your doctor determines that a spinal nerve is being pinched by a herniated disk or bone, or your spinal cord is being compressed. Surgery may also be recommended if you have severe pain that has not been relieved by nonsurgical treatment. However, most patients with neck pain only and little or no arm pain will not be surgical candidates.

To learn more and get help for ankle arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Treatment for Neck Arthritis

Sometimes, conservative non-surgical or even surgical treatment does not help reduce or eliminate neck arthritis pain, stiffness and loss of mobility to an acceptable level to allow a return to normal daily activities. In such cases, Regenerative Orthopedic treatment may be appropriate. These are same-day procedures that can be done in as little as one hour resulting in minor post-procedure discomfort and virtually no down time. Using painless harvesting techniques, bone marrow stem cells and/or platelet rich plasma growth factors are injected into highly targeted painful tissues of the neck under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. Patients can begin to feel improvement in as little as one week but maximal effects take 2-3 months and longer. Platelet rich plasma and/or stem cell injections offer the possibility of healing damaged and degenerated tissues to help you to a comfortable, active, and productive lifestyle by improving stiffness, pain and joint function with greater mobility.

To learn more about stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or alpha-2 macroglobulin and get help for Neck Arthritis please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717