What is it?
Cervical Osteoarthritis is a condition that effects the joints in your cervical spine (neck/upper back). Osteoarthritis can effect any joint in your body and is caused when the cartilage in your joints wears away, offering less protection against your bones rubbing together.
• Neck Stiffness • Cracking or scraping noise when moving your neck • Increased Weakness • Limited movement
When to see a doctor or consider surgery?
You should see your doctor if symptoms are sever, that do not improve over time and/or worsen. Surgery can be considered if non surgical treatments do not relieve symptoms. If you experience any 'Red Flags' (Symptoms requiring immidiate attention) you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
How is it diagnosed?
An Appointment with a doctor is usually enough to diagnose osteoarthritis though an X-ray may be warranted if the doctor suspects that symptoms indicate another disease. If your symptoms continue and you are referred to a specialist, you may be referred for a CT or an MRI scan.