Head & Neck

Neck Arthritis

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Arthritis is a disease characterized by chronic aches and pains in the joints. For some people, the pain can be so bad that it makes it difficult to move. Arthritis is a progressive disease that slowly gets worse over time, so it’s important to start seeking treatment for arthritis-related pain in the early stages so you develop strategies and habits to keep it under control.

Types of arthritis include:

  • Hip Arthritis – Hips contain major weight-bearing joints that are susceptible to osteoarthritis.
  • Knee Arthritis – Because knees bear the strain of most of your weight on a day-to-day basis, they have the highest risk for osteoarthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis – This type of arthritis slowly wears down on the cartilage that separates bones and absorbs shock. It most commonly occurs in weight-bearing joints.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – This is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to turn on itself and cause tissue inflammation. RA typically occurs intermittently and can appear in any joint.
Treatment Options

While there is not yet a cure for arthritis, there are several treatments and medications that can reduce the pain and manage the symptoms. These treatments can provide both short-term and long-term relief.

The following are some common arthritis treatments:

  • Nonprescription medications such as ibuprofen for mild arthritis
  • Prescription medications such as corticosteroids for advanced arthritis
  • Regular, low-impact exercise that keeps the joints flexible
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injections of corticosteroid and other anti-inflammatory medications
  • Joint replacement surgery when less invasive treatments have failed

It is almost always recommended that a patient explore the least invasive treatments for arthritis before resorting to surgery. While surgery can be effective, it can put more strain on the body if it performed before it is absolutely necessary.

At Pain Specialists of America, we can assess the state of your arthritis and help you explore a variety of evidence-based treatment options.