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Neck joint seems to be "catching" or stiff?

By Anonymous September 14, 2014 - 4:19am
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I have osteoarthritis and my neck joint, (seems at base of brain stem), does not want to move up and down. Rt. to Lt. Movement not so bothersome just hear cracking, but the up and down feels weird and felt dizzy for brief moments. Currently going in for ankle replacement on rt ankle due to post accident arthritis , lower spine with osteoarthritis is this what happening in upper neck and what are the outcomes? 56 yrs old not obese and otherwise healthy....

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Hi Anonymous and thanks for your question!

Since you have osteoarthritis in your ankle and spine, you very well could have the same in your neck, but you will need x-rays to determine this.

Osteoarthritis in the neck is known as both cervical osteoarthritis and cervical spondylosis. You are most likely aware that osteoarthritis is caused by the degeneration of discs and other cartilage, resulting in spurs or abnormal growths called osteophytes that form on the bones. 

In most cases, the initial treatment is conservative, such as rest, anti-inflammatory medications, use of a cervical collar and chiropractic treatment or physical therapy, Other treatments include drug injections as well as surgery.

It's disturbing that you mention you've felt dizzy at times. That's an indication that you should see a medical professional to get a clear diagnosis of what's affecting you as well as the treatment you need to help keep the condition from worsening.

Please let us know what you learn, we wish you the very best and hope this information has been helpful.



September 14, 2014 - 11:53am
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