Neck pain can occur at any age and for a variety of reasons, but the most
common one is aging. Through life, the body begins to degenerate, and
your spine and neck are not exempt from that. One of the most common neck
pain causes is cervical spondylosis or arthritis of the neck.
In fact, according to
OrthoInfo, more than 85 percent of the people over the age of 60 are affected. If
you are suffering from neck pain and are not sure of the cause, here’s
what you need to know about arthritis of the neck:
Cause of Cervical Spondylosis
Throughout your life, your bones and cartilage in your backbone and neck
will gradually see some wear and tear. With aging, your disks can lose
their height and weight, leading to bulging and dehydration — and
that increase in pressure and dehydration can lead to arthritis (similar
to what you’d experience in your other joints). Other than aging,
there are some risk factors you should be aware of:
Your family history plays a part
Smoking can increase your chances
Depression or anxiety
A profession that requires repetitive motion and overhead work
If you’ve experienced an injury or trauma to the neck in the past
Symptoms to Look Out For
Though symptoms aren’t a definite, pain and stiffness (ranging from
mild to severe) can occur. Often these symptoms are present during activities
that require the use of the neck muscles and will improve with rest. Some
common symptoms include:
Tingling, numbness, and weakness in your arms, hands, legs or feet
Balance and coordination issues
There a variety of treatment options available, and many of them are non-surgical.
Physical therapy, pain medications, and rest can all alleviate symptoms.
If your neck pain is affecting your quality of life,Henry County Pain Management is here to help. We provide the most advanced treatments in the management
of pain so we can get you back to a “normal” life.