Can Arthritis Cause Chronic Neck Pain?

Half the people who struggle with neck pain at any point in their lives will go on to experience recurring neck pain, making this condition the fourth-leading cause of disability. When people think of arthritis, they often think of aching hands or knee joints, but both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can lead to chronic, debilitating neck pain.

At Cell Bionics Institute, with locations in Sterling, Virginia, and Utica, New York, Dr. Nameer Haider works with neck pain patients to determine the source of their pain and provide appropriate treatment, whether the root problem is arthritis, a compressed nerve, or a disc issue.  

Types of neck arthritis 

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are very different diseases, but both can affect the facet joints in the neck. This leads to chronic pain and stiffness, which can make keeping your head up an exhausting, daily ordeal. 

Cervical osteoarthritis and neck pain

Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease, occurs when the protective cartilage cushioning your joints begins to deteriorate and wear away. Your cervical spine consists of several vertebrae, along with the facet joints that support your neck’s natural motion. Degeneration commonly affects these facet joints, which leads to arthritis pain in the neck. 

Common symptoms of cervical osteoarthritis include: 

Rheumatoid arthritis 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack the lining of your joints, causing accelerated degeneration and unique arthritis symptoms. Usually, the smaller joints in the hands and feet are affected first, but it can eventually spread to the joints in your cervical spine. Common symptoms of RA in the neck include: 

Treatment for neck arthritis 

Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are degenerative conditions that worsen over time, which means your symptoms will intensify without treatment. A neck pain specialist can diagnose your problem and build an individualized treatment plan. At the Cell Bionics Institute, Dr. Haider offers a number of treatments for neck arthritis, including: 

Struggling with neck pain? We can help you find solutions that work for you. To get in touch, call the location closest to you, or book an appointment online.

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