Degenerative Arthritis in the neck region can lead to pain in the arm as well as the neck. Also, motion of the neck is restricted. It is important to address the increased muscle tone associated with Degenerative Arthritis. This alone can limit range of motion and place added pressure on the cervical discs.
Moist heat and addressing the increased muscle tone can reduce the stress placed on the cervical spine and help reduce the pain. Also, this can help improve ones active range of motion. Addressing posture is also beneficial in reducing the discomfort from Degenerative Arthritis in the neck.
One may also benefit from using a neck collar while sleeping to support the head. Also, use of anti-inflammatory medications can help relieve pain and stiffness along with appropriate exercises for range of motion and strength.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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