One of the more typical causes of neck pain is erosive osteoarthritis. It is commonly called by the clinical term cervical arthritis. This disease is somewhat genetically predisposed but is always wear and tear related.
In other words, people will develop it at a rate determined somewhat by their genetic family background. But everyone will have to deal with it from the perspective of aging wear of the joint cartilage.
This is clearly demonstrated by how athletes develop it. Baseball pitchers commonly experience arthritis in their shoulders. Runners and cyclists develop it in their knees and ankles.
How Erosive Osteoarthritis Develops And Advances
Wrestlers, Jiu Jitsu and judo practitioners commonly develop it in their necks. It is clear that erosion of the joint is the cause of osteoarthritis and certain activity accelerates its development.
For most of us to more decisively relate to it, the condition can be accelerated by many kinds of physical employment. It can also be accelerated by common office neck strain and poor posture.
The problem develops when the natural lubricant for our joints wears down and eventually dries up. The layers of tissue within the joint then rubs more and more vigorously against each other causing inflammation.
The ligaments attached to the joints can also become slack with the joints loosening considerably. This will result in pain, usually starting with aching. As it advances the pain turns to sharp, grinding pain in the neck.
Diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the neck is often a matter elimination.
The complication in getting diagnosed and treated is that the type neck pain caused by this condition can be caused by many other diseases. Herniated discs, bone spurs, meningitis and rheumatoid arthritis among others can cause identical pain.
To accurately determine the cause of this type neck pain your doctor, after an initial examination, may refer you to a number of specialists. It should be noted here that many specialists in bone, joint and spine disorders and diseases disagree with each other as to both diagnosis and treatment.
However, diagnosis is possible through x-rays or MRI if the condition has advanced to the point where deterioration is evident in the joints. That said the key is not letting it get this far if possible.
Knowing when to strategically treat for pain:
This type of neck pain is typically worse in the morning and better in the evening after the neck has been moving throughout the day. It’s worth noting that common treatment for this or other types of erosive osteoarthritis is range of motion exercises.
Doctors commonly prescribe aspirin and nonsteroidal medication such as Advil. This may be over the counter or prescription strength. As in other cases of joint pain and inflammation there may be better, safe pain killing solutions such as Heal-N-Soothe.
Many times in its early stages people manage erosive osteoarthritis neck pain with medication. The pain and inflammation has a tendency to decrease temporarily giving the patient a false sense of security.
Deal with neck arthritis early and decisively or it’s likely you’ll keep it.
The reality is that once the first symptoms of arthritis show up it’s time to begin to deal with it. That doesn’t mean by swallowing pain killers and ignoring it.
It means doing range of motion exercises, taking safe, clinically tested anti inflammatory supplements and courses of Glucosamine to prevent further cartilage deterioration.
Letting it go too long depending on pain killers alone will allow the condition to progress to a point where it will likely be debilitating. Unfortunately, that’s often the point at which medical care is sought and diagnosis is made.
After the deterioration is too far advanced to reverse.
In summary, prevention is the best course of action. Prevention means exercise and range of motion exercises as part of a lifestyle of joint health. Secondary to that, at the first sign of joint problems, inactivity is seldom the answer.
Ice, heat, exercise, diet and clinically proven supplementation can keep the neck, just like most other joints in your body, healthy and mobile throughout your life.
Getting medical care if you feel it is needed is important. What’s more important is to avoid extensive medical activity by smart prevention of erosive osteoarthritis.