One with Degenerative Arthritis of the neck or cervical spine will notice stiffness and neck pain. Your stiffness appears to be worse after periods of inactivity or immobility of the head. Some of this stiffness can be relieved to some degree with motion . However, pain may seem to increase with motion and certain sleeping positions. Usually the pain is localized in the neck but may also be present in the shoulders, head and upper trunk.
Range of motion is limited by this pain and stiffness and you may experience some pain running down your arm or into your hand. This is because the arthritis creates bone spurs which lead to a narrowing process in the joint space and can compress the nerve roots.
It is important to address the increased muscle tone about the neck because this can promote additional compression to the already compromised cervical disc and space.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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